Life.Church partners to aid local community center
WARR ACRES — A community carnival seemed to be a fitting prelude to summer as youths swarmed a local community on a recent Saturday.
Life.Church and the eighth-grade class at Westminster School partnered to offer the festive event on May 11 at City Center, 5731 NW 41.
Young people and their families mingled with volunteers as they participated in activities both inside and outside the center.
The event included free food, a petting zoo offered by Extreme Animals, music, a dunk tank, games and other activities.
Robert Davis, LifeGroups/LifeMissions pastor for Life.Church Northwest Oklahoma City, said the carnival was the church's latest way to come alongside City Center.
"Really it's just an opportunity to reach into the community and show them the love of God and how much we care about them," Davis said.
The event also was held to celebrate another year of partnership between the church and the center, which was founded and operated by Jed Chappell and his wife, Julie, to offer help and hope to youths and families who often have limited resources. The couple opened the community center in a former church building adjacent to Victory Church that had one time been used for youth activities. The center offers free meals and food to youths and families in need, athletic mentorships, clothing and after-school and summer programs.
Life.Church presented an $8,000 grant to City Center as part of recent festivities. The church's staff and volunteers also helped prepare food, man the center's clothes closet and refurbish the center's game room and kitchen.
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"City Center has been a partner of ours since 2016, and they align with our vision and values so much," Davis said. "They're providing relief and restoration to this area of Oklahoma City and so they do that by meeting practical needs — clothing, food distribution but also they put significant adults into the lives of these young people so that's a mission we can get behind financially and with volunteers."