Playground For Jesus

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

'Playground for Jesus' is the name of the new play area in the backyard of Meridian's Wesley House. Staff with the Wesley House and volunteers helped to build the playground. They did so in order to provide a safe and fun area for children of all ages. The park is a result of community wide effort.

"People are just opening their hearts to this community and to the people who need it. It is a community effort, that is the church, that is the community of Jesus Christ," says Ginger Stevens, the Executive Director of Meridian's Wesley House.

"We're really just trying to get these kids in this community out here and involved. Give them some positive activities to do and that's kind of the mission of this church is to come out and give these kids a positive area to play in and talk to them about Christ and working in the message of Christianity and things like that," says Walt Hill, a volunteer.

'Playground for Jesus' has swings, slides, and a basketball court. That court caught the attention of many children who visited the park for the first time.

"I think it's a nice day out to play basketball and we get to play and even the little kids out there do," says Cedric Rogers.

"Well to me, it's good. For the little kids to come out and enjoy this is good. So what I think, is they've done real good with the basketball court," exclaims Jamonte Phillips.

The park is completely open to the public. Employees of Meridian's Wesley House encourage families and friends to take advantage of this new area.


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  • by anne Location: meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    Teacher, I would appreciate it if you would let me state my opinion. I am not putting down a person, I was only raising some valid questions and making valid points. You have the right to not agree, but don't point to an individual while doing so....it is in bad taste.
  • by Randy Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    Anne and Ethel, the teaching takes place on Wednesday evening by many of these same volunteers that gave of their time and resources to provide this wonderful playground. Please stop by and see the good things that are happening. Bible verses are painted around the area to provide a constant spiritual food for all to see. Lend your talents and see how God will multiply them.
  • by teacher Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    To Anne the playground will not change their lives, but getting them out of the streets will be a great! The playground area will also be used as a place to worship together. No, the Wesley House is not a church, but there are Bible Studies that take place there on Tuesday nights. Getting these children together to discuss the bible whether it be while playing basketball or playing on the playground will make a difference. In case you didn't know 9 adults and children were saved Saturday at the playground dedication. To Ethel how about praying that the playground stays nice and instead of looking at it in such a negative way.
  • by Anne Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Children need Bible teaching, first and foremost from churches. A playground will not change their lives. A playgound will not provide economic improvement in their lives. Yes, children need to play, but that's all it is play. There are more important needs that need to be met too. So many churches today are concentrating on physical needs only, that's the problem. And just my opinion of course, the Wesley House is not a church, it portrays itself as a "community center". Does it meet spiritual needs of people? Who teaches the Bible there to go along with meeting physical needs? When the Bible says "feed my sheep", it is addressing spiritual food, not physical. Playgroung looks good now, but who is going to keep it safe??
  • by Ethel Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    Wonder how long it will take before the thugs take the area over..... Highland park used to be a place to walk safely at night once. I wouldn't walk through it during a spring day now.
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