Churches join together for community Bible school
Eight area churches are currently working together in the final planning stages of this year’s Community Daily Vacation Bible School that will be held at South Adams, June 5-12.
Churches involved in this year’s event include First Mennonite Church, First Missionary Church, Evangelical Church, West Missionary Church, Mount Hope Church of the Nazarene, Cross Community Church, Bethel Brethren Church and Trinity United Methodist Church.
“Holding this event at South Adams School provides a neutral location and even a safe, familiar place for un-churched families,” commented Cheryl Caffee, one of the leaders spearheading the event.
“Our goal is to provide greater outreach to our community by teaming together to bring church and families to Christ,” Caffee said.
This year’s Bible curriculum theme is based on the phrase, “Gotta Move.”
“The curriculum is designed to give children a biblical understanding of what it means to be a Christian and walk with God,” commented Chris Hyman, also one of the leaders. “Through each lesson children will see that God provides everything we need to be close to Him. However, He does require a response, having faith means we ‘Gotta Move!’”
Hyman said that each day of vacation Bible school will start and end in the Burkhalter Auditorium.
“Each day, we will worship together, see live drama skits and a short video from the ‘Go Fish’ guys introducing each day’s lesson,” said Hyman. “The worship music will be led by Mike Wilson and myself and will be geared to help the children get excited about and remember what they’ve learned.
“The dramas, directed by my husband, Brent, are focusing on the fruit of the spirit in the ‘Extreme Cuisine’ kitchen,” continued Hyman. “The characters are spin offs of reality TV cooking shows.”
Following the opening, kids will travel with their crew leader to five different stations, held mainly in the middle school classrooms. The five stations include Bible stories, crafts, snacks/missions, games and Bible memory.
Each day will conclude by returning to the auditorium for closing worship, wrap up video and Bible memory award recognition, Hyman said.
“Over the past couple of years our community has rallied around different families for various reasons,” said Caffee. “When we have the community prayer rallies and services, it is during those times that I feel we are a true body of believers, almost a showcase of what Heaven will be some day when we all get together.
“The idea of Bible school sprouted and was quickly accepted by several pastors and VBS coordinators,” continued Caffee. “We are letting God lead this community event for our children.”
Offerings received during VBS will be directed toward Wycliff Bible Translators and Children’s Medical Missions. Those attending will get to meet Faida, a two-year-old girl from Burkina Faso who has arrived in America to see doctors about her club foot.
“We are looking forward to seeing hundreds of kids worship together, learn more about God’s Word and share the good news about Christ with their families and friends,” Caffee said.
“Please join us in continuing to pray for this event, for the leaders, the many volunteers and especially for those who need to come to Christ, that they will feel welcome and open to the teaching of God’s Word,” added Caffee.
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