On Wednesday November 20, The Boydton Baptist Church had their 6th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. When the church first started this event in 2014, they did it as a service for their church members and also to those that were shut ins or lived alone. Their first couple of years they served around 100 plates. They have since opened the event up to members of the community to either dine in, take out or have their meals delivered to them. The meals are a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with all the sides and deserts.
On Wednesday the church served 414 plates to the community. Sylvia Coleman, WMU member and one of the ones heading up the event said this was by far the best turnout they have had. Coleman, along with the members of the WMU, Morris Locke and the Men at Work group at Boydton Baptist and members of Boydton Baptist were all on hand to pitch in any way they could. Some members loaded up meals in their vehicles and drove them to be delivered, some helped serve the plates, there were those that helped pack the plates up and there were those that were making sure that everything ran smooth and that everyone that wanted a plate got one.
Coleman says that 35 turkeys were prepared for the event, and by the end of the evening they were out of everything. Coleman said that they felt blessed to be able to serve and interact with so many members of the community. She stated that “it is God’s love that pushes us to do this.” With Wednesday’s event being such a success, serving over 400 plates to the community, next years community Thanksgiving dinner is sure to be an even bigger blessing for the Boydton Baptist Church and all those involved.