New Grove Baptist Church of Ardmore, Tenn., near the Alabama state line directly south of Nashville, is bringing 33 members to Rogersville this weekend to volunteer at Of One Accord ministries.
The group includes two nurses who will conduct free health screenings on a first come, first served basis Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Of One Accord program coordinator Mickey Wilcox said the screenings will help people skip a trip to the doctor for a routine checkup of blood pressure, weight, blood sugar and vision, among other things.
“Normally people would have to pay for a doctor’s visit to get a screening like this, and thanks to our visiting mission group we’re able to do it for free,” Wilcox told the Times News Tuesday. “One of the greatest problems in impoverished areas is health care. People can’t afford medicines. They can’t afford doctors.”
Wilcox added, “Through our (Church Hill) Free Clinic we’re able to provide a limited number of doctor’s appointments for more serious things, but doing a pre-screening like this we’re able to help check your blood sugar or give you some counseling from professionals on how to change your dietary habits if your sugar is high or your blood pressure is high.”
The nurses will be providing informational brochures as well as dental hygiene kits.
Aside from the Friday and Saturday health screenings, New Grove is also sponsoring a block party Saturday from 5-7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Shepherd Center on Main Street in downtown Rogersville.
The block party is free and open to everyone.
Most of the activities, such as face painting, a beanbag toss, three-legged race, sack races, horseshoes, lawn darts, egg/spoon races and other games with prizes, are aimed toward children.
There will also be free hot dogs, chips, drinks and other treats.
“The block party provides some free community entertainment, some unity within the community, and it gives us an opportunity for evangelism,” Wilcox said. “But we also help to meet some needs. This year we’ll be giving away some school supplies, we’ll be giving away a couple of bicycles and it helps provide some activities for the kids and the whole family.”
New Grove found Of One Accord on the North American Mission Board’s web page and asked to serve the community.
Every year Of One Accord hosts dozens of mission teams from across the country that come to Hawkins County to volunteer in a variety of capacities and to help share the word of God.
New Grove mission members will also be volunteering at the Shepherd Center thrift store and food pantry and volunteering in the community doing light handyman work for the needy.