In 2002, the Happy Church started in a basement of a home and within three months, was located in a store front near downtown Jackson, KY.
One of our early defining moments was when a rather rambunctious, tobacco chewing 5y.o. grabbed a small bag of Hot Fries. Pastor Mike watched as the boy, thinking he was being unobserved, started eating. When the boy started tearing up from the "heat" of the snack, pastor Mike told him to quit eating them as he described what they were. The boy continued to eat the fries despite the discomfort because he was truly hungry. From that point on the Happy Church provides food everytime our doors are open.
For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter we pass out complete ham or turkey dinners including dessert for Happy Church families in need.
We have had more than one child tell us it was the first thanksgiving meal they ever had. Thanksgiving and Christmas come at the end of the month when families struggle the most.
For adults in the community needing assistance we ask them to meet at the church for a regularly scheduled service in exchange for a food basket. This program has morphed over time to its current state, which we believe to be on the right course for our community.