Lone Oak UMC's 'Solar Eclipse Event' welcomed nearly 200 guests, most with 'no ties' to the church

8/22/2017

Lone Oak United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, welcomed 200 guests to its church and grounds for a Solar Eclipse Event on Aug. 21. Most had no ties to the church. Click on link at end of story to see more photos. (Photos by Rev. Jason W. Jones)


Nearly 200 guests visited Lone Oak United Methodist Church on Aug. 21 and most had no previous ties to the church.

That’s according to Rev. Jason W. Jones, pastor of the Paducah, Kentucky, church that opened its doors and grounds for a Solar Eclipse Event that offered free viewing glasses, free refreshments and, of course, free admission.

Monday, Aug. 21, was the date of a rare solar eclipse and Paducah was in the path of total darkness.

The idea for the event, bragged Jones, “emanated from one of our laypeople, who was the driving force in getting much of the planning and preparation done.”

Jones said the church wanted to “share in this extraordinary phenomenon as a means of extending hospitality to and connecting with our neighbors.”

Of the 200 guests, Jones said they came from as far away as Memphis, Chicago and Houston, as well as from just up the road. A few churches brought van loads of people.

Most had no ties to the church.

Jones said many attendees remarked how wonderful the experience was and one called Lone Oak’s hospitality “as memorable as the eclipse itself.”

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~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference