For the past 19 years Faith Church OKC has been feeding 5,000. A program that gives backpacks and school supplies to the community, this year, they’ve changed the name to Hope in the City. They are also partnering with four other churches.
“We wanted to broaden the impact on our city, so we invited four other congregations to join in with us in broadening our influence, and our multisite distribution plan,” said Pastor Terry Bates, of OKC’s Faith Church.
OKC’s Faith Church located at 800 S. Portland; Bethlehem Star Baptist Church located at 2704 NE 24th; Southside Church located at 545 SE 28th; OKC Bible Methodist Church located at 1100 SW 57th and Generations Church located at 130 S. Oklahoma St. in Shawnee are all coming together this weekend to meet the needs of the community.
They are calling it Hope in the City.
“They often say that you can live so many minutes without oxygen, and so many days without food, but only seconds without hope,” said Bates.
So, this Saturday backpacks and school supplies will be given out at each location from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kids must be present and there will also be celebrations of some sort at all the locations.
“Outside drive-up service. From there you’re gonna go to the possibility if you would like to get a COVID shot we are partnering with Mary Mahoney for that. We’re gonna have food trucks, we’re gonna have a splash zone,” said Pastor Rodney Payne of Bethlehem Star Baptist Church.
Along with the school supplies, there will be some sort of food and prizes giveaway at every campus. But each church will have different events to celebrate their community.
“That’s why we wanted to invite the other churches, because we can’t meet all of those needs by ourselves,” said Bates.
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