First Baptist Jenks to host community-wide event
First Baptist Jenks is set to host Jolly Citizens, its annual event that invites any resident 55 or older to have a free meal and enjoy free entertainment.
Jolly Citizens is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Jenks to the senior citizens in Jenks and the surrounding communities.
The event has been ongoing for approximately more than 30 years.
Since the church has moved to the 11701 Elm location in 2010, the event has steadily grown from the 60 to 80, while downtown, to roughly 300 this past year. It takes a volunteer base from the church of 50 or more each month to make this event a success.
The event is 100% supported by the tithes and offerings of the church.
“This event is about reaching out to the community,” said FBC Jenks Associate Pastor of Adults 55+, Dan Taylor. “It gives people in the community a chance to come and get a free meal with some free entertainment and it gives our members who serve a chance to serve. We want to be welcoming to everyone.”
FBC member Chickie Coplen is the coordinator of the event and has been serving in this capacity for the past nine years. Volunteers help in different ways, such as table-top decorators, cooks, servers, greeters, table hosts and clean-up.
The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. The meal is served by the volunteers following a prayer. After the meal, they move across the hallway into the church’s worship center, where the longtime emcee and host, Charles Mason, entertains the guests with jokes and stories.
The program concludes by 1 p.m.
“A lot of churches do this for their church members, but not community wide,” Taylor said. “This is not us trying to get people to join our church. Our goal is to minister to as many people as possible.”
The event is Nov.4 Each senior guest is asked to bring non-perishable foods to be donated to the Jenks Community Food Bank.