For nearly ten years, First Baptist Church Meridian (FBCM) has been “Walking” on summer Sunday nights. Sunday School classes and other groups at FBCM participate in at least one mission project during the summer months. While many of the projects take place during the week, Sunday nights are set aside for planning and fellowship.
The “Walking” projects were first organized by Matt Snowden, then associate pastor at FBCM. (Matt currently serves as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waco, Texas.) Groups were encouraged to reach out to Meridian in whatever way they could. Some mission projects were short-term: washing cars for free, giving out water bottles at busy intersections, yard work for the elderly. Over the years, some groups have formed long-term, on-going relationships. One of the ladies’ Sunday School classes has “adopted” women and children who seek shelter at the Care Lodge, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. What started as one summer visit has turned into a weekly ministry. The ladies of FBCM visit with the women at the Care Lodge, offering them a listening ear and a few items like purses packed with health and hair care supplies to get them through this time of transition.
One project that grew well beyond what could be imagined has become known as the Playground for Jesus. Members of a young adult Sunday School class partnered with Wesley House, a local community center for relief and education that has served Meridian for over 100 years. Wesley House had inadequate outdoor play facilities for their daycare students, children who come for after-school and summer care, and youngsters who accompany a family member receiving services from Wesley House. From raising money to the construction of the playground, FBCM members faithfully saw the Playground for Jesus come to life.
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