The Minions of “Despicable Me” fame are set to take over OKC Faith Church, but not in a mischievous way.
The theme of the church's 11th annual back-to-school giveaway is a play off the animated film and its popular mini yellow characters.
Jamie Shirey, music minister and media relations director at OKC Faith Church, said she and several volunteers are creating 30 Minion costumes to grab the attention of children who attend the faith-themed skit that will take place at the “Feeding the 5,000” backpack and school supply giveaway planned for Aug. 10 at the church.
“We're trying to make it relevant and playing on the theme of how somebody bad becomes good — and people really love Minions,” she said.
The church's event is among several back-to-school giveaway programs scheduled at houses of worship in the metro area.
Other churches offering aid for students and their parents include People's Church, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist, Alameda Church of Christ in Norman and Family of Faith Church in Choctaw.
Brian Rush, creative director at People's Church, said the church will host its second “Day of Hope” back-to-school event Aug. 3. The church offered identical activities at two metro high schools last year, but Rush said this year's event will be held at one school, Douglass High School.
He said the event will include free backpacks and school supplies for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, plus free dental exams and haircuts, medical exams and immunizations, along with oil changes for single mothers. Rush said about 6,000 people attended last year's activities.
“We have a huge heart for our city, and we just want to bless the city,” Rush said. “Back to school is a great time to do that.”
Other churches, including Alameda Church of Christ, also will offer health screenings, and Mount Olive's event will feature free immunizations. Mount Olive will offer a free school uniform for students as well.
If you go
Dates and times for back-to-school events offered by metro-area churches include:
People's Church's “Day of Hope” event, 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 3, Douglass High School, 900 N Martin Luther King Ave. Information: 775-9991; www.peopleschurch.tv/dayofhope.
“Back-to-School Bash” school supply giveaway, 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 304 SW 134. Information: 799-9799; www.chbchurch.org.
“Feeding the 5,000/Backpack 5,000” backpack and school supply giveaway, 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10, OKC Faith Church, 800 S Portland. Information: 948-7100; www.okcfaith.com.
“Back-to-School Fest” school supply and school uniform giveaway, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10, Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1020 NE 42. Free haircuts begin at 8 a.m. Information; 424-2186.
“Back-to-School Round-up,” 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, Alameda Church of Christ, 801 Alameda, Norman. Information: 321-0788; www.alamedacofc.org.
“Back-to-School Bash,” 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8041 NW 10. Information: 787-2942.
“Slip-n-Slide” backpack/supply giveaway, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, Family of Faith Church, 13500 SE 15, Choctaw. Information: 769-8751; www.familyoffaithok.com.