Bleckley Church Has Unique Way of Welcoming New Youth | Community Spirit
For the past four years, on the last Wednesday of each month, the yard of Jody and Becky Kirkpatrick has been transformed. It goes from a yard to a place where messes are made, weird things eaten, and fun is had. The youth ministers of Bethany Baptist Church in Cochran use their home to host the "Messy Olympics."
Started by former youth pastor Jim Ward, the annual event serves as a welcome to new youth as well as farewell to those graduating. This year's games were a little more tame, there was no bobbing for vienna sausage inside a tub of oatmeal. Becky Kirkpatrick said it was part of an effort to provide more variety since some youth were shocked by last year's nastiness.
But there were still plenty of chances to get wet and messy including human bowling (sliding across a wet tarp to knock down buckets) as well as a mud wrestling pit. There was also "Diaper Duty" in which participants had to eat the contents of a diaper then carry it to an adult.
After it was over, the garden hoses that had served to help make a mess was used for a different purpose. Cleaning off youth and adults before they got into cars to head home. While none of Wednesday's events may ever make the IOC cut, those who came out enjoyed them just as much.
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