Submitted by Roberta Kitchens
The end of Summer brings with it many new beginnings. Our usual thought as parents and grandparents is of “back to school.” However, we all seem to see the coming new
son with a fresh look. Indeed, that is true of many women over the past forty-five years who have been a part of what is known as “Friday Morning.”
Friday Morning Bible Study became just “Friday Morning” when Louise Watson, a precious retired school teacher became a regular attendee. Each week as the week came to an end, Louise’s husband, Phares, would say in his Minden, southern accent, “Louise, are you going to Friday morning?” She loved it and we loved it and it became our name!
The Bible study that meets each week has met in the home of Judge and Mrs. Graydon Kitchens. However, due to the continuing pandemic, we will meet this year in the Game Room of the First Baptist Family Life Center. The Bible study was begun with an intimate group of five young women who met in the Kitchens’ home and listened to a Bible program on the radio together. As time passed, their desire to know more about the Word of God and its application to our everyday lives, became a deep study of God’s Word, verse by verse. The number grew from five to between twenty-five and fifty women meeting each Friday from September through May.
The group is interdenominational and we encourage all races to be a part. Mrs. Kitchens is the teacher, following in the footsteps of her deceased mother Grace Carroll, a well known Bible teacher and author from Baton Rouge. Occasionally we have a video when appropriate, but the Bible is our textbook. We encourage questions and discussion. Prayer, also, plays an important part in the weekly meeting, though we are not a “prayer group” but a Bible study.
Our time together each week is one of fellowship and sharing. We are bound by a strong belief in Christ as our Savior and the individual needs expressed each week are held in strictest confidence.
Our study this year, because of the interest in End Times–the Book of Revelation– will also be offered each Monday evening at the same venue from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The evening class is co-ed. There will be a workbook at a cost of $5, The Ladies Bible study will begin Friday morning at 9:30, September 11th, and the Coed class will begin Monday, September 14th,, at 6:30. Our study this year is vital to our homes and cities, as we are seeing violence abound and spiritual warfare fought on every
level. We will be looking at every verse in the Bible dealing with Christ’s Second Coming and the Rapture of the Church. Our text will be the Bible—so bring your favorite translation and a notebook and pen and be ready learn the truth about God’s plan for mankind.