By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Other | Issue: March 2009
Pastor Billy Joe Watts and his wife Theresa, founders of The Rock Church, have a number of upcoming outreach events planned.
“At The Rock Church, our mission is to serve God and love people,” says Pastor Billy Joe Watts. “One of the things we put a high priority on is to use major holidays to reach out, serve God, love people, and fulfill our mission, and by doing so, to try to reach people from every walk of life.” Here are some of the upcoming outreaches The Rock Church has planned:
Easter Sunday is April 12, and on Saturday, April 11, The Rock Church is putting on an Easter Extraordinaire at noon at the Church at 9817 S Mingo. This event is open to the community and will feature food, musical entertainment, and plenty of things to keep the kids busy, like an Easter egg hunt, clowns, and face painting. To top it all off will be a fun-for-all-ages egg toss contest, with the grand prize winner receiving a $500 prize. The egg toss will be sponsored by The Broken Egg Restaurant in Broken Arrow. “This is our opportunity to reach out to the community, and to encourage our church members to invite their friends and family members who might be looking for a church,” says Watts. “It’s going to be a good time of food, fun and fellowship.”
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. “We do something for all our mothers on Mother’s Day,” says Watts. “This year, we’re celebrating womanhood on Mother’s Day. We’ll be giving a rose to every woman at church 20 years old and older, whether they have children or not. So many of these women have been mentors to other young ladies, even if they don’t have children themselves. We have women serving other women, and helping young girls, and we want to honor that. This is open to anyone who wants to come.” The Rock Church will also be doing a Mother’s Day giveaway of all kinds of things, including pedicures, manicures, spa treatments, oil changes, weekend getaways and restaurant certificates.
Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day. “We’re doing a similar concept,” says Watts. “It’s a celebration of manhood, and we want to honor our men. Last year, we gave all the men 20 years old and older a free copy of a message entitled ‘The Significant Life,’ and it became an outreach. We also had a bunch of giveaways – bed and breakfast stays, gas grills, ties, t-shirts, golf paraphernalia. It’s a really wonderful thing for us, and it puts our members in a position to reach out to the man or men in their lives. It’s a pretty cool deal.”
The Fourth of July is a Saturday this year – it’s also Pastor Watts’s birthday. On Sunday, July 5, The Rock Church will have a patriotic service, followed by cake and punch. This is a particularly significant holiday for Watts. “I believe in America,” he says. “I believe in this country. I’m a very patriotic American. Are we perfect? Absolutely not, but we’re still one of the greatest nations on this planet. And I believe in the spirit of America – to become great, and never to succumb to mediocrity.”
The Rock Church is still growing steadily. “Since we began in March of 2008, we’ve averaged 15 to 25 first-time guests each Sunday. And now we’re getting a consistent average of 250 to 300 people worshipping with us every week,” says Watts. “And we do ads on television and bus stop benches, but word of mouth has been the number one thing getting people to visit.”
This growth has meant new ministries for the church. “Our goal is to empower, embrace and educate people with the love of God,” says Watts. “We’ve created a ministry for newborns and toddlers. We have a good setup for them now. And we’re also working on ministry for working professionals to empower them to reach those in their business spheres.”
If you’re looking for a new church, The Rock Church would love to have you visit. They meet every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, located at 9817 S. Mingo. You can visit them on the web at www.therockchurchtulsa.org.