Paint Rock Baptist creates Babylon-themed VBScomment (0)
August 9, 2012
By Maggie Walsh
Done to perfection.” That is how Paint Rock Missionary Baptist Church, Paint Rock, member Betty Putnam described the church’s Babylon-themed Vacation Bible School (VBS) that took place July 16–20.
The Tennessee River Baptist Association church, which averages 60 people on Sunday mornings, ministered to 228 kids and adults during its family-oriented VBS.
“God brought them,” said Paige Parker, VBS director, on the large turnout. “He’s just done a mighty work.”
This year Parker has seen an influx of church members wanting to be involved in every aspect of VBS.
Two weeks before VBS, Parker and a team of volunteers were at the church every night, building “palace walls” along the width of Paint Rock Missionary Baptist’s new gym and creating a marketplace outside the palace walls with shops and tents.
In this family-focused VBS, parents and children were grouped in eight “tribes” according to families, not ages. Every member of the tribe was encouraged to participate at each station they visited. This included the crafts time, where children traveled to various booths in the marketplace; the Daniel adventure, a series of short dramas; the palace playground; the tribe time, where the tribe gathered together to talk about “God sightings”; the palace petting zoo that featured a variety of small animals; and the opening and closing celebrations.
The crafts time was also a learning experience for the kids, Parker said. As they moved from booth to booth, Paint Rock Missionary members would pretend to be unbelievers and ask the children about their faith. “The kids got to practice telling their faith,” Parker said.
Parker, who has been VBS director for five years, said she prefers the family-oriented VBS because it is “really cool to see the parents get involved with the kids.”
A July 22 celebration service culminated the week with members encircling the congregation and singing VBS songs before receiving their completion certificates and sharing a meal.
(Maggie Walsh, TAB intern)