Panama City church hosts day of service
With a helping hand from fellow Baptists all the way from Georgia, Panama City church members stepped up to make a difference in their community Friday.
"They, along with our helpers, are working in different places around the community to help recover, rebuild, and freshen up everything, especially for the children going back to school," said Ken Brookins, the minister of music at First Baptist Church.
The church's Fellowship Chapel lost its roof in Hurricane Michael and the rain that followed destroyed almost everything.
Members from the Music Ministries of First Baptist Atlanta and Roopville Road Baptist Church traveled down to Panama City for the day of service.
"When people come and take an interest to help you, no matter what your circumstance, it's always a blessing and it warms the heart that there is hope for the future," said Brookins.
Volunteers moved furniture back into the chapel and helped clean rooms inside the preschool ministry, but that was just the start.
"Our lighting here is still not put back together, we're working on that," said Brookins.
Across town at Rutherford High School, volunteers pressure washed sidewalks and scraped gum off the pavement. Mike Harris, a member with the First Baptist Church, is grateful for the Georgia volunteers.
"These folks have been good enough to come down from Georgia, on their own dime, to work all day today," said Harris.
Church members also visited Cedar Grove Elementary and Cove Baptist Church. To wrap up the community day of service, First Baptist Church will be hosting a Night of Hope worship on July 14 at 6:30 p.m.