The senior adults—loosely categorized as anyone age 63 years and older—at Henderson Hills have a very vibrant and active ministry. As we enjoy the flexibility of reduced work hours or retirement, we have more time for Bible study, volunteer work, and to support each other in situations unique to this stage of life. Most of all, we have an enthusiastic love for Christ and believe we can be of service to Him literally for all of our earthly years.
Weekend Small Groups (FLOCKs)
Weekend small groups are the foundation of our ministry to seniors, and each weekend we gather to study the Bible and fellowship with one another. God calls us to actively learn and grow throughout our entire lives, and weekend Bible study small groups are the perfect avenue for this.
Click here to see when our FLOCKs meet.
Tuesday Night Dinner & Entertainment
The second Tuesday of each month we have Tuesday Evening Dinners, featuring a catered meal and entertainment in the HHBC middle school room. Entertainment varies, but past entertainment includes a local jazz band concert, comedy act, slide show and information speaker, and other vocal and instrumental talent. Dinner begins at 6:00p.m.; entertainment follows.
The church provides our entrée and members bring side dishes, salads, and desserts. There is no charge, and guests are always welcome. Of course, guests are not expected to bring anything.
View dinner calendar and entertainment by month.
This is the perfect age to become involved in a mentoring program, and we believe everyone has something to offer. Mature believers may be asked to help a younger believer deepen their personal walk with Christ. Sometimes a person who has gone through a particular medical crisis or disease is needed to offer mentoring to someone who is just now encountering the problem and struggling with it. Other times a mentor may be able to share skills learned on the job or in life, such as cooking, carpentry, accounting, budgeting, or various home-upkeep skills with someone less skilled in those areas.
Learn more about mentoring by contacting the mentoring coordinators listed below:
• Women’s Mentoring: Pam McDougal
• Men’s Mentoring: Craig McLain
• Girls’ Mentoring: Kelly Wehunt
Periodically, the senior adults plan short trips and local activities. Some of our past outings include touring the “Passage” Bible exhibit, eating fried chicken at Ischen’s, attending movies, riding the river boats on the Bricktown canal, and more. These are fun activities with friends. Details will be announced as events are scheduled.
Women’s Missions Opportunities
We have two specific opportunities for women to participate in local missions.
Friendship International—a ministry of women reaching out to women from around the world with Christ’s love. We have women from twenty to twenty-five different countries, many of whom have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meetings are once a week during the school year on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Highland Park Baptist Church. For more information contact Amanda Stulce.
Hands of Hope—this group makes hand-made items to bless others in our community. They meet together in groups, or simply work from home on projects such as crocheted or knitted baby hats, blankets, etc. They also make hats for cancer patients, hats to be sent to Iraq and used by our soldiers to give to Iraqi’s, and quilts and lap blankets or nursing home patients. If you would like to donate yarn, fabric, and supplies or for more information contact Mallory Stulce.
The Stephen Ministries provides high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. Each Stephen minister receives in-depth training to equip them for this ministry. If you feel like you could benefit from visiting with a Stephen minister, or would like information about becoming a Stephen minister, please contact the Congregational Care Office at 405-513-7555 or read more under the Get Help-Stephen Ministries section of our web site.
Support & Encouragement
In addition to the Stephen Ministry, the Senior Adult Ministry strives to offer support to each other, as this life stage presents some unique issues and opportunities. Many of us are sandwiched between needy elderly parents and adult children struggling with careers or family. Some of us are helping to raise grandchildren. Some of us are dealing with a spouse who is quite ill with a serious medical ailment. Some of us are grieving over the loss of a loved one and need someone to talk to. In all situations, God calls us as believers to be supportive and comforting to each other. Let us know if there are ways we can minister to you.
Many members of the senior group are actively involved in various service projects through their roles as deacons or with other church ministries. In addition, activities include serving a meal at the College House, providing paper goods for the College House at Christmastime, and other projects as assistance is requested by the staff and elders.