Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Easter story service project connects communities


Checotah FUMC students and residents of Checotah Nursing and Rehab Center share the Easter story and worship together. Submitted photo.

The Wacky Wednesday program at Checotah First United Methodist Church embarked on a unique service project this spring. On April 5, a group of 19 students and seven adult volunteers visited the Checotah Nursing and Rehab Center. The goal was to bring joy by sharing the Easter story with residents. Nursing home residents and staff were delighted to make new friends and they enjoyed the entertainment.  

The students, of varying ages, read the resurrection story, gifted stuffed animals, and colored pictures with residents. The students also sang Easter songs and closed the program with prayer. The children’s program celebrated a successful project with a pizza party and fellowship at Pizza Hut.

Church members, Taylor Jennings, Gary Winebaugh, and Jan Winebaugh assisted with the outing. Gary Winebaugh provides transportation each week and serves as the church photographer.  Choir director Carolyn Hutcherson directed the musical portion of the program. Children’s ministry is directed by Kittie Dishman. Pastor Mark Watson and his wife Lisa also assist with the program.

The Wacky Wednesday program was established at Checotah First United Methodist Church to provide an environment through which boys and girls make important discoveries about God’s love. The goal is to nurture each child with love and understanding, so that they will experience the love of Christ, as well as encourage their full potential by celebrating each child’s unique qualities as given by God. An early foundation in the scripture leads to a lifelong walk in their Christian life.


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