Selmer welcomes Generation 1000 to city park
By Amanda Lowrance
Generation 1000 returned to the Selmer Park for the third year. The event originated in Lexington, Tenn. and has branched to Selmer for their thirteenth overall event.
“We want to promote unity and community,” said Director Barry Bishop before the event kicked off, “with a day of free fun and festivities in the park.”
“For Selmer it’s the third year,” said Event Coordinator Jennifer Bishop, better known as Lady J Bishop. “We started in Henderson County in 2001 and have done this ever since.”
Local churches and business are encouraged to set the day aside to give back to the community and promote and bless the city of Selmer.
The focus for the event this year was the Carl Perkins Center for Child Abuse Prevention.
The children took breaks from the jumpers and rock wall to enjoy snow cones and face paintings. There was lots of free stuff and giveaways, music, water games, and entertainment.
“What shocks me is that they want to bless you with everything,” said Jeremy Hunt of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Church. “Everything’s free, free food, free drinks, there’s no admission, no parking. I keep thinking that I need to pay.”
The congregation gathered hands and bowed their heads to bless the food as Hunt gave a prayer.
Bethel Springs Church of God joined the group at the park for the first time. Member Danita Moss, “Everybody coming together and lifting up the name of Christ, that’s what it’s all about.”
Mrs. Moss along with several other members of the church set up a tent for a cool, dry place to eat freshly made hot dog and drinks.
Several other groups gathered in the unified effort of G1K including Full Gospel Fellowship Church, Faith Tabernacle Church, Life Wind Covenant Church, The Lauren King Ministry, Legacy Hospice, Chambers of Commerce, The National Guard, and Carl Perkins Center and a number of bands and volunteers from all over west Tennessee.
“We seem to have more participation this year,” said Pastor Donna Barber from Good News Worship Center out of Lexington, who was one of the founding originators. “Especially with food vendors, even the sound check, everything seemed to flow a lot better I think this year.”
Last year there were 29 sponsors and scores of volunteers and they are always looking for more.
Barber had a station called “The Store” where people could purchase Generation 1000 t-shirts and get free pickles, which seemed to be very popular.
“You love people for who they are,” said Hunt. “Come to our house and have dinner, come to our church, and come to the park to Generation 1000. We strive to be Christ-like and to me that’s what Generation 100 is all about.”