ROGERSVILLE — New Grove Baptist Church from Ardmore, Tenn., wrapped up its three-day mission trip to Hawkins County Saturday evening by hosting a community block party at the Shepherd Center parking lot and offering games, prizes and hot dogs on a hot day.
NGBC spokesman Roger Berry told the Times News his church brought 34 mission team volunteers to provide a number of services to the community such as working at the Shepherd Center and food pantry and performing light home repairs for the needy.
On Friday and Saturday morning, the church hosted a free health screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, vision and weight at the Shepherd Center, serving about 35 people altogether.
But Saturday evening was all about fun with the block party which included children’s games and prizes; free school supplies; and free hot dogs, cold drinks, candy and snacks.
“Near the end we’re going to have a presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Berry told the Times-News during the event. “We have food, hot dogs and just a lot of fun for the kids and family.”
Berry said the purpose of participating in missions is to provide for the community and share the message of the volunteers’ love for Jesus Christ.
“We gave our lives to Jesus Christ, and we want to help people and serve people, meet the needs in their lives,” Berry said. “Not only physically, but spiritually. It’s also great for us to come. We have a group of 34, and about half of the group is 13 to 18 years of age, and it really blesses them to be able to come and serve, and work and help meet the needs of people.”
It was hot when the block party began 5 p.m., but the games were in the shade, and that’s where most of the action was taking place. Children were having fun playing variations of ring toss, corn hole, and an egg in the spoon race, to name a few.
The face painters were also smart enough to find shade under a tent, but the hot dog grill master and bun wrapping team had the hottest job, working beside that grill with no shade.
However, their labor was appreciated when nearly 300 hot dogs were handed out to the hungry mob.
NGBC bought a new smoker grill specifically for Saturday’s block party, and then donated it to the Of One Accord ministry when the party was over.