Oklahoma City is well known for its thriving southern Baptist community. The city and surrounding communities are home to some of the largest churches in the nation, with several making author and speaker Tom Rainer’s list in 2014 of congregations with the largest attendance in the Southern Baptist Convention. Quail Springs Baptist Church and Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, as well as Henderson Hills Baptist Church in nearby Edmond, were among those in the area mentioned due to their reported numbers.
Oklahoma City also gives residents access to award-winning medical care at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. The mission and values of the facility, to learn, love, and lead, echo fundamental Baptist ideals and teachings and bring a new level to the care services provided through the Center. Baptist Seniors who retire in the Oklahoma City area have access to a variety of faith-based services to meet their social, spiritual, and physical needs.
Baptist Village Communities have nearly a dozen properties across the state, including Baptist Village of Oklahoma City on Mashburn Road in the northwest part of the city. The campus offers residential living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care options for seniors. Included on the property are a 12,000 square foot life enrichment center, a wellness center, and indoor heated pool, along with spiritual resources like a chaplain and a resident choir on the property. The life enrichment program gives seniors an opportunity to nurture their mind, body and spirit and features weekly events like bible studies, exercise classes, art club, and games like Bingo and Bridge.
Homebound seniors who have need of care in the home can reach out to the parent company of the Baptist Medical Center, INTEGRIS for help. They offer a full spectrum of in-home care services, including home health aides, skilled nursing care, therapies like physical, occupational or speech, social work, nutrition services, and full-service IV therapy. The licensed staff team has experience working with patients with a variety of needs, and can help in areas like wound care, neurology, cardiology, oncology, and more.
You’re sure to find what you’re looking for in a Baptist church in Oklahoma City. There are over 100 to choose from in the area, ranging from large congregations with over 1,000 people who attend weekly to smaller worship services that are equally as fulfilling. There are also local churches who offer services in different languages to spread the ministry to as many people as possible, including Baptist Temple who holds services in Japanese, Vision Community who holds services in Korean, and Baut. Neuva Vida that is one of many in the area who hold services in Spanish for the local Hispanic community.
Area churches are eager to provide activities specifically for seniors, and many will have dedicated programs for their retired members. Southwest Baptist Church, for example, offers a “Real People’s Class” for those age retirement and up and Southern Hills Baptist Church offers a senior choir, weekly bible study, game days, and the B.A.L.L. Club for their older adult members.
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