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Locust Fork Church holds bridal fashion show as community outreach eventcomment (0)

April 5, 2007

Springtime and summer bring thoughts of weddings to the minds of many women.

So Locust Fork Baptist Church in Friendship Baptist Association decided to capitalize on this interest by hosting a bridal show, Here Comes the Bride — A Celebration of Brides Past, Present and Future.

On March 10, more than 125 women from the community gathered to watch a fashion show of wedding attire dating from the 1950s to modern-day garb.

For Becky Hazelrig, ministries coordinator at Locust Fork Baptist, one of the highlights was the bridesmaids’ dresses.

"You can’t imagine what some of those looked like," she said. "Most of them were from the 1980s and had big, poofy sleeves and lots of taffeta. They were a hoot."

Twenty-five of the church’s youth volunteered to model the dresses, which included a German wedding gown and navy dress and hat worn by a church member — now 80 — on her wedding day.

According to Hazelrig, the church has a large youth group of mostly seventh- through ninth-graders but a lot of their parents aren’t involved in the church. "This was a way to get them on our campus and share Christ with them," she said.

Hazelrig said the event was planned as an outreach tool to allow church members to bring their friends and other members of the community. "I think it was a huge success. More people showed up than we had expected," she said.

Prior to the event, the women’s ministry mailed wedding-style invitations to all church members and prospects. As the guests arrived, they had the opportunity to peruse the wedding albums on display in the church’s foyer.

Following the fashion show in the sanctuary, the women attended a wedding reception in the fellowship hall, complete with finger foods, punch and tiered wedding cakes on pedestals.

As they enjoyed their wedding feast, author and speaker Barbara Joiner shared how the church is the bride of Christ. (TAB)

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