Written by: Kristine Pratt
The holiday season is a very special time of year. It's a time when many remember those who are less fortunate. And a time when the rush of everyday life seems to take a backseat to other, more important things. Reverend France Davis goes On the Record to talk about what makes this season special for him and his congregation.
Every Sunday, not just during the Christmas season, the Calvary Baptist Church feeds people in need at Pioneer Park. More people tend to come out during this time of year, and they feed everyone that shows up.
"People think that the Church is that physical building at that location, but that's just where the Saints gather," Reverend Davis says. "It's not where the Church gathers. The Church lies out in the community. We strive hard to get out where the people hurt. We have to do more."
But you might ask what some of those needs are, and often it might not be what you think. Reverend Davis says sometimes the Church has to step in where the government can't. For example, they are working to reduce obesity.
"We are now organizing exercise programs, helping people learn how to eat."
Reverend Davis has been at Calvary for 37 years as the Pastor, and two years before that. He says that all are welcome.
"It's open to the community, and the whole community tends to come from time to time.
Some noted Utahn's have even been known to come when they need special inspiration, including former Governor Huntsman, and current Lt. Governor Greg Bell.
“In order to be the fullest human being, you can’t just have the political, economic, social, educational, but you need that fifth wheel.”