Jul 29, 2007
The official opening of the new soup kitchen at St. John’s United Church of Christ was scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2007 but Rev. Kinton wanted to get the word out beforehand to encourage more folks to come out. Representatives from the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce were on hand to help celebrate with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Padre’s Table, housed at St. John’s United Church of Christ located at 608 Centerline Rd. in Strykersville, is a new lunch program open to all senior citizens. Lunch will be serviced from 11:30am - 1:30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month, now through June. I will be closed during July and August and will reopen again in September serving lunch every Thursday of the month.
Volunteers from area churches and other organizations will staff the kitchen. According to Rev. Kinton, “the kitchen is run solely by donations and volunteer help.” Those interested in helping can contact Rev. Kinton at 716-693-8631.
Rev. Kinton had made keeping the elderly connected to the church in as many ways as possible, an important goal of his since his time in the seminary and he sees Padre’s Table as one way of accomplishing this.
“Rev. Kinton is one of the Chamber’s most active members. He comes to networking luncheons, business after hours, and any other chamber sponsored activity that gives him the opportunity to talk to others about his church. We are happy to see the soup kitchen operating and we commend Rev. Kinton for opening such a needed facility,” stated Chamber Executive Director James Pierce.