One of the things I love about First Baptist Church is our monthly Senior Luncheons. Just about every month (we miss a couple due to holidays or Vacation Bible School) fifty to sixty young at heart seniors gather for a great time of food and fellowship. I have a chance to speak for a few minutes (I have been told to keep it entertaining…which I try very hard to do) and then there is a special guest. Sometimes the guest brings some music, tells stories, or shares some history or helps us better understand something about our community. I especially like when I get to bring some of my friends from Jam Christian Daycare to the Senior Luncheon and the two groups have a chance to interact and share a little of life together.
This past month as I traveled to Roatan we worked with “Because We Care” to put on a senior luncheon Island style. There were three bands, food baskets to give away to the oldest resident in each community on the island, plenty of things to pass out and amazing amounts of food. The day of the event we served over 400 plates of food! One of the things that struck me was that some of the stoves used to cook the food came from the cooks homes. They pulled the stoves out of their homes…brought them to the event site and set them up there so we would have enough stoves to prepare all the food! The cooks worked around the clock (literally starting to cook on Tuesday afternoon and completing the serving and clean up late Wednesday afternoon). It was an amazing day.
One of the women on the island has done a great job telling the story of the Senior Event and has shared some pictures that tell the story very well. It is worth the read and will help you gain an appreciation for what a Senior Luncheon Island Style really is all about.
(Make sure you “find” the couple of videos on the blog. The one of Auntie Jane, who is almost 99 years young dancing like she was 16 will keep you young at heart forever.)