MOORE — Point of Grace, a contemporary Christian recording group with Oklahoma ties, is bringing its popular conference for girls in sixth through 12th grade to the metro area.
The Girls of Grace conference will be Oct. 19 at First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27. The conference was started 10 years ago by Point of Grace, which was founded in 1991 by Norman native Denise (Masters) Jones, Shelley Breen and Norman High School graduates Heather (Floyd) Payne and Terry (Lang) Jones.
The group has evolved since its early days. In 2003, Leigh Cappillino replaced Terry Jones, who left to spend more time with family members. Payne left in 2008 to focus on her family, after which Point of Grace continued as a trio.
In a recent telephone interview, Denise Jones, 44, said the group's makeup has changed, but the commitment to helping girls become who God has created them to be remains the same. The conference in Moore will include sessions on a variety of topics, plus music by Point of Grace, Jamie Grace and Royal Tailor.
Denise Jones answered questions about the conference:
Q: What will it be like for you to come home to Oklahoma for this Girls of Grace conference? I know you've offered the conference here several times in the past, but this is a special time here in Oklahoma.
A: I am so excited about coming home. It seems like it has been a long time since we've been to the Oklahoma area, especially close to home (Norman). I have not been able to get home since the awful storm in Moore. We're just hoping that this can be a great opportunity to reach out to a community that has gone through a lot. There are some plans in the works to give back to the (Moore) area. I love Oklahoma. I loved growing up there.
Q: What is the premise of Girls of Grace?
A: It has been 10 years since we started Girls of Grace. The overall mission is to equip girls by giving them tools to live in a harsh world and to encourage them to be who God created them to be. Our theme changes every 18 months. We're really excited with this year's theme: “It's All About Grace.” We want to show how when you really understand grace, you learn to live freely, love fiercely and lead fearlessly. That's kind of the theme of the day — to have them drink in what grace is. I think grace is such a churchy word sometimes. Chris Wheeler, who is also an Oklahoma native, is one of our speakers. He just has a way of letting you see what something looks like visually, and he will be talking to the girls.