Jammin' for Jesus

'We feel like it's a ministry for the lord'

A group of Ripley-area singers is bringing joy to nursing homes, assisted living centers and senior citizen programs.

Seniors Jammin’ for Jesus performs gospel music and old-time hymns, as well as a song or two written by the Beatles, as they serve the Lord through song and enjoy fellowship with each other, said Marion Meibaum, who is 80.

“We love it. It’s exciting to see these people who have dedicated themselves to love the Lord for all these years who still want to serve Him. We feel like it’s a ministry for the Lord.”

The group formed when the choir director at First Baptist Church in Ripley resigned two years ago. An original group of 12 organized to perform music for the congregation. Today, there are more than 30 members in Seniors Jammin’ for Jesus – six of whom are older than 90.

In addition to First Baptist Church, senior living facilities and community aging centers, the group has performed for senior citizen programs in Milan and Brownsville, as well as for veterans in Halls. The audiences enjoy the music and often sing along if they know the words.

“It brings us joy to see joy there,” Meibaum said.

Although many performers in the group are members of First Baptist Church, Seniors Jammin’ for Jesus welcomes anyone who wants to join and sing gospel music, she said.

“Anyone in the community or area that is interested in joining us, we would love that.”