By Jan White
CROCKETT – Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” One of the best things about Crockett is the way residents band together to assist each other in times of need. And one of the newest organizations to offer aid is The Gathering Place.
The Gathering Place is a contemporary church whose primary goal is to serve the community and help people find their relationship with God. This summer, The Gathering Place is reaching out to assist families in several unique ways.
Many families who count on school programs to feed their children during the school year struggle with meals during the summer months. The Gathering Place wanted to help fill the void by offering kids lunches at least once a week. On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., church members convene under the Davy Crockett Park pavilion to serve lunch to underserved families in the community. And it’s not just cold sandwiches. Cooks fire up the grill and toast fun foods like hot dogs with all the fixings and cold drinks to help stave off the summer heat. And because it’s held in the park, after lunch, kids and their parents can cool off under the recently added splash pad.
In addition to “Free Lunch Tuesdays,” as it is known, the church also has a drawing on Monday night after their evening service, where one lucky winner gets a tank full of gasoline. And the church is also implementing their “Fill the Fridge” ministry, where they visit local businesses and literally fill their refrigerator with drinks and goodies.
A spokesperson for The Gathering Place described the church as “A diverse group of people in culture and age, with a contemporary worship service.” The group currently meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 under the pavilion at Davy Crockett Park.
For additional information about The Gathering Place, contact Pastor Simeon Bradshaw at (618) 580-9674, or message them on Facebook for a quick response.