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Mobile church hosting first Senior Servecomment (0)

September 7, 2006

Think construction missions trips are only for the young? Well the young-at-heart are challenging that notion.

Adults aged 55 and up are invited to Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, in Mobile Baptist Association Nov. 4–10 to take part in the first-ever Senior Serve. Put on by the same people who coordinate youth World Changers projects in Alabama — Serve Management Group — Senior Serve is a seven-day project to do construction work on homes in Bayou La Batre and the greater Mobile area that were damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and other hurricanes after it.

“If there’s 20–25,000 youth doing this during the summer, why not have 5,000 seniors work in fall and summer?” asked Ronnie McCarson, Cottage Hill Baptist’s associate pastor to senior adults in its 55+ Ministry.

Senior Serve came about through McCarson’s involvement with Serve Management. He was the national project coordinator for Senior Adult World Changers in the mid-1990s.

Since that program ended about seven years ago, McCarson said he and others missed the senior adult projects.
After meeting with Andy Morris, executive director of Serve Management, and others, the idea for Senior Serve was born.

Morris noted that Serve Management is partnering with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Mobile Baptist Association and Mississippi Baptist Convention Board for the project. “Many senior adult groups go on trips, and we’re trying to provide another alternative to senior adults, “ he said.

Morris added that organizers would like to see this become an annual event.

The trip’s cost includes everything but lodging, although some churches have offered to house volunteers, McCarson said.

There also will be worship services with worship leader David Crain Nov. 4–7, and the group Paid in Full will perform Nov. 9.

The deadline for registration is Oct. 1. Those interested may call Serve Management Group at 1-888-421-4408, Ext. 89. (TAB)

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