VBS ‘rocks’ audience



June 5, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Laughter, music and excitement has taken over Wesley United Methodist Church. A joint Vacation Bible School between Wesley United and First Presbyterian Church started Monday and will continue through Friday.
The Bible school starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. The 120 children start their day off together in the Methodist Church sanctuary for an opening ceremony and then they disperse into smaller groups. The two churches alternate hosting privileges every year.
Lori Cooper, VBS director, said members of the Presbyterian Church will attend a joint service on Sunday in the Methodist Church sanctuary.
“The kids will perform the songs they learned for everyone,” Cooper said. “Five kids are chosen to give their testimony during the service, too.”
Cooper has the help of about 60 volunteers who keep the children busy with multiple activities. After the opening ceremony the groups rotate through making snacks, attending music, crafts, Bible adventures, games and chatter, which are like movie skits.
Pastor Trudy Kenyon Anderson said the activities rotate every 30 minutes.
Due to the rain on Tuesday the games were moved inside to the church’s basement. The games are scheduled to be outside in the parking lot.
This year’s theme is “Kingdom Rock — Where kids stand strong for God.” The sanctuary and rooms have been decorated to look like a medieval castle. Cooper said the volunteers started working on decorations about two weeks ago.
“We started putting things up on Thursday and the decorations will stay up for the Sunday service,” Cooper said.
At the end of the morning all the groups, except the preschoolers, come back together for the closing ceremony. The preschool children stay across the street for their own closing ceremony.
Age groups range from preschool to 5th grade.

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