Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children



Baptist Children's Home, Oklahoma City Celebrates 100 Years

Baptist Children's Home, Oklahoma City had a festival atmosphere with food booths and light entertainment Saturday, July 5, 2003, for alumni, donors, and friends of the home.

Musical Entertainment: We were extremely blessed to have Christian vocalists donate their time and talents to this special event. Their music was heard from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. We heard from: Denise Kinsey; Joyful Noise, a Southern Gospel Men’s Quartet; Sweet Harmony, a ladies trio; Bluegrass music from the Keener family; and the Harbingers Quartet. Thanks to Tim Wall as sound coordinator.

Speakers: The following speakers were heard: Anthony Jordan – Executive Director of BGCO; Tony Kennedy – President of OBHC; and Rod Phillips – Administrator of the Oklahoma City Campus.

Food Service was from 5-7 pm. Selections from the food line included Bratwurst; polish sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, Mexican food, and pizzas. Drinks were provided by Pepsi.

Donations: This birthday party was a free event to our friends and family. Donations help to recover the cost of the celebration.

Alumni Meeting: The alumni met meet in the gym at 3:30.

Centennial t-shirts were available for purchase from Our Best Intentions.

Centennial Committee members were available to assist.

Heritage Room Tours: Many took a nostalgic look back at the history of this ministry to children. This room is full of items from the early days through modern times. These treasures surely stirred up some wonderful memories. This heritage display depicts our move from dormitory-style living to our present day cottage life. We have moved from one matron caring for 30 children to a houseparent couple caring for 8 children in a home-like environment.

Cottage Tours: Many walked through one of our cottages. Children, young adults, and staff were available for tours and answered questions.

Activities Enjoyed: The following is a list of fun things were offered from 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

  • Four-sided, twenty-eight foot climbing wall
  • Extreme challenge of climbing 14’ mountain and sliding down on the other side.
  • Twenty-five-foot slide
  • Enclosed bouncing basketball area
  • Moonwalk
  • Petting zoo from Boy’s Ranch Town
  • Supervised horseback riding
  • Covered wagon rides
  • Motorcycles and custom cars on display
  • Silent auction in game room of gym
  • Face painting and balloon sculpting
  • Cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn

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