Shiloh Baptist Church enrolls 90 in VBS, 20 more than average Sunday attendancecomment (0)
August 6, 2009
Ninety children were enrolled in Shiloh Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year, held June 14–19. That’s 20 more people than the Lamar Baptist Association church averages on Sunday mornings and, as far as anyone knows, a record.
“We’re a very small rural church,” Pastor Steven Stamps said of Shiloh Baptist, which is about five miles from Sulligent. “I thought it was pretty incredible for a rural area.”
Also incredible? The number of children who received Christ — 15. That’s 16 percent of enrollment.
“I baptized seven of those Sunday night (June 28),” Stamps said. “I’m so proud of our folks because they worked so hard and God blessed their effort. I think it’s amazing some of the things we saw happen.”
For one thing, the church’s children’s program was raising money for a local food pantry and the children brought in $606.
In addition, the church saw the children’s families respond to the outreach effort.
“We had a very large crowd for family night,” Stamps said. “We had 125 people there.”
And a week after Bible school, adults were still coming to Shiloh with their children.
Stamps said that is what VBS is all about.
“We’ve already seen the results of that, and we’re planning to do a vigorous follow-up with staying up with these kids and these families.” (TAB)