Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 30, 2012

Jesus Prom goes country-western

RUSSELL — Gary Sizemore’s Jesus Prom expertise spans eight years.

It all got started at Lexington’s Southland Christian Church, a flock shepherding special needs teens and adults at its beautiful ball. When he moved here, he brought the idea to Bridges Community Church.

Celebrating its third year, Jesus Prom again ministers to angelic needs. Although memories abound, one particular one stands out in the Greenup man’s mind.

A disabled young man slowly ambles the Jesus Prom red carpet, wearing a fine borrowed tux. His shoes are old and tattered — and fall apart while making a proud promenade. He can’t speak, but gestures for Sizemore’s help because his formal attire is muddled. Church members ran to him; two men removed their pairs of shoes and offered dress loafers to the boy. A kind worshipper walked barefoot the rest of the night.

“That’s a Jesus moment. We should live like that everyday,” Sizemore said.

This Friday, Bridges Community Church will host a country-western cotillion from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. At this saintly shindig, wheelchairs and orthotic braces are sported alongside cowpoke duds, faded bib overalls, Durango boots and 10-gallon hats.

“No worries about spills on your clothes or what to wear,” grinned Sizemore, adding the decision to make Jesus Prom casual is to help moms, dads or caregivers plan.

No formal is complete without a pre-prom dinner before hitting the dance floor. Guests chow down on a country feast of barbeque sauce-laden pulled pork and Southern sides at the adjacent “Warehouse,” before riding a handicapped-accessible hay wagon to the church to dance the night away.

Tracy Tooley and the band from Huntington’s ReGeneration Church will deliver tunes.

Jesus Prom participants enjoy a formal prom photo-shoot from Greenup’s-own KMK Photography — while a “paparazzi” of church volunteers strolls the affair, snapping candid pictures, and making memories to upload and share with families.

It’s a free night of fun for people age 16 and over, with prayers to mainstream those with learning, developmental, medical, behavioral and mental health disabilities. For many partygoers, this might be the only dance they ever attend. Sizemore’s lucky to retain a 10-member committee to make the night a seventh heaven.

Community devotion and God’s grace helped the themed party grow in its blessed ministry, Sizemore said. Jesus Prom doubled in size from its inaugural year — and Sizemore expects more than 100 merrymakers to boot, scoot and boogie as the party starts rolling.

That’s why he needs the area’s help. Enlist as a date — or “best friend” — for the night; dole-out dinner, donate, or just usher with scripture, showing Jesus purely loves the young attendees.

“We need hands of helping, as many as we can find,” said Sizemore, the devout founder of downtown Greenup’s Emmaus Respite and Resource Center — a day center for those with disabilities.

For more information or to RSVP attendance to Jesus Prom, call Russell’s Bridges Community Church at (606) 836-8944.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0419sciencehs.JPG Russell High School wins State Science Olympiad

    The long ride home from Bowling Green was tinged with disappointment for Russell High School students who believed they’d finished as also-rans in the state Science Olympiad last weekend.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419sciencems.JPG Russell Middle School state Science Olympiad champions

    From identifying hundreds of insects to designing and operating mechanical contraptions that just look like insects, a team of Russell Middle School students took their research and technical skills to the Science Olympiad in Bowling Green last week and came back state champions.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419melodies0148.jpg Kitchen jazzes up downtown lunch hour

    Some came to enjoy the relaxing sounds of cool jazz and traditional tunes at lunch, while others attended in hopes of picking up a few tricks from a master musician as guitarist Chris Kitchen kicked off the Melodies & Masterpieces concert series in downtown Ashland Friday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

    Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

    April 18, 2014

  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • guyp-rodnew.jpg 'Uplifting people'

    The snow kept gospel singer Guy Penrod chilling a little longer than it should have this spring.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418star0024.jpg Raising the roof

    Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at Russell care facility

    A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

    A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

    April 18, 2014