Our church has an incredible heritage of faith. And when you meet the older generations of our members you’ll know why. By God’s grace, they have made Second Baptist what it is today.
Building on their common heritage of faith, our senior adults maintain an active presence in our church, and engage in lots of activities together including:
One thing our senior adults love to do together is travel. Previous trips have included trips to Crystal Bridges Museum, OBU Christmas Program, Branson, Missouri, and other places in Central Arkansas and the surrounding areas.
Our senior adult groups also open their homes to one another for multiple opportunities for fellowship throughout the year. There’s an annual fish fry, and each December, Sunday school departments love to get together for a Christmas dinner with their friends from their classes.
Also during December, several of the folks, most of whom do not drive anymore, like to go to various neighborhoods and towns in Arkansas and delight at the sight of the pretty Christmas lights.
There are a lot of different learning opportunities in which our senior adults choose to participate. In addition to weekly Bible study on Sundays, there are other spiritual study groups that meet at various times during the year. For those interested in art, Second Baptist conducts a weekly pottery class that involves several senior adults.
There are also lots of learning opportunities outside Second Baptist Church that draw our senior adults. One of the most popular educational programs in Central Arkansas for senior adults is Lifequest. Many of our senior adults participate in the classes offered by Lifequest, and a few of our seniors have even taught these classes.
Increasingly, retirement is being seen not as a time to just sit back, but also as a time to dive in and get involved in the world around you. Many of those at retirement age at Second Baptist have chosen to put their retirement years to work in building God’s kingdom. One ministry organization that helps our senior adults do that at Second Baptist is called Willing Hands. Willing Hands is a ministry team that seeks to use construction related skills to do mission work in Central Arkansas and in some cases, around the world. In fact, our senior adults are the real mission leaders for our work in eliminating poverty in the Mississippi Delta through our partnership with Together for Hope. To see more about this project, visit our Missions page.