The Norman Transcript


September 13, 2013

First Baptist members teaming up to change the downtown community



So, after several weeks of discussion, the church has now partnered with Food and Shelter again to offer Kingdom Ministry that will begin this Sunday.

The idea of the ministry is to seek the help of other churches in the downtown area and provide a dinner at Food and Shelter at 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month.

“We have been talking with other downtown churches and trying to create a Kingdom Coalition and find folks that would be willing to walk with us. Food and Shelter has been very gracious and generous and eager to partner,” Smith said.

Smith expects that on the first Sunday of the month, there will be a spiritual focus or seminar and on the third Sunday, the church will open its clothing pantry for those in need.

“We’re excited about doing this. We’re excited about partnering with some other churches. I’ve talked to three pastors between downtown and Campus Corner over the last weeks that are struggling with some of the issues we are with the changing downtown community,” Smith said. “We don’t want this to be a Baptist thing as much as we want to be just a place where we can gather to encourage each other in our faith and have a place to connect and network and have some conversation as it relates to the Kingdom of God.”

Food and Shelter Executive Director April Doshier also was at Wednesday’s lunch.

“This has been, I think, a beautiful process. I think this is how our community should work together. When we see an issue, it doesn’t turn to one person to solve the issue, but we’ve joined forces and created something that is probably going to be more widely affective than any one of us could have done on our own,” Doshier said.

For more information about the project or to partner with First Baptist Church, call 321-1753.

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