BONEYVILLE - Its walls have born witness to whispered prayer and joyful noise, thin wallets and overflowing pews. The steeple bell bespoke storms coming and friends passing. But Boneyville Baptist Church is more than its four walls and pulpit. The church has become a familiar presence in the middle of a tight-knit community, a well-loved relative that always welcomes callers and doesn't let old age stop them from celebrating.
At Boneyville Baptist Church, 118 is not too old to throw a good party.
Members of the Boneyville congregation will gather Saturday night in their finest to collectively celebrate their birthdays through gifts, good food and great music.
"It's a celebration of life," said mistress of ceremonies, Sara Givens. "They can enjoy themselves without the stress. I think everybody needs a break from the norm."
This particular parting from reality will sparkle, said Givens.
"It's a formal affair. That's another reason why people are so excited. Because, being in a small area, they don't always get the chance to dress up for Jesus."