The Corner Provides New Hang Out for Youth

The Corner, a new Saturday night hangout for Shawnee area high school aged students, will open Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Corner has been the joint venture of students from Oklahoma Baptist University and First Baptist Church.

"Both groups have the same vision: to provide a positive place for Shawnee's youth to spend their Saturday nights," said Amanda Teague, an OBU senior who began work on the project last year.

OBU students and members of First Baptist Church worked together to restore an old Methodist church, located on the corner of 9th Street and Philadelphia, that was donated to First Baptist.

The Corner is on the second floor of the building in what was originally the sanctuary. The original stained glass windows, organ pipes, and wood floors remain. But now instead of having pews, The Corner has coffee tables. There is a foosball table in the balcony.

"The whole building looks like a castle," Katie Lerch, OBU sophomore, said. "It's really cool."

The first floor is being made into a free dental clinic. Three Shawnee dentists have donated equipment and will donate their services to the clinic.

Tim Youmans and the First Baptist youth group have been central to the development of The Corner.

"First Baptist Church has been incredible to work with," said Lerch. "The youth group's gotten involved and it's been wonderful."

The Corner will provide students the opportunity to listen to great music and hang out with friends. The club also offers free pool and various non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee and Italian soda. OBU students will staff the club.

"OBU students are eager to invest in the lives of Shawnee youth," Teague said. "Our purpose is to provide healthy, fun entertainment, while also offering opportunities for Christian growth through mentor relationships and small group fellowships."

At the opening, the local band Image will perform.

Everyone who attends will receive a voucher for a free drink. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the cover charge is $3.