Vacation bible school is a fun way to learn scripture
by Hawkins Teague
Jun 28, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of energetic kids climb the Backyard Bouncer obstacle course on the last afternoon of the Ponderosa Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school, “Arctic Edge.” The inflatable diversion brought there from Hopkinsville.
A group of energetic kids climb the Backyard Bouncer obstacle course on the last afternoon of the Ponderosa Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school, “Arctic Edge.” The inflatable diversion brought there from Hopkinsville.
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When June rolls around, lots of kids know that long days playing in the sun aren’t the only things to look forward to. For many children, vacation Bible schools are a summer tradition as important as swimming or exploring in the woods.

At least two different Cadiz churches finished their Bible schools last week.

Walking into the Cadiz United Methodist Church Thursday night, one could find kids from ages four to 11 reciting the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag, the Christian flag and the Bible all in a row.

“Remember, this is a very serious time when we talk to God,” said Kendra Redd as she tried to calm down the youngest children for a prayer.

Redd has been the youth director at the church since 2001. This year’s program was called “SonTreasure Island,” which was developed by Gospel Light. Redd said she has used the company every year and that their programs always have the word “son” in the title.

“SonTreasure Island” focuses on the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians, which Redd called the “love chapter.” She said she hoped kids learned from the program to not be selfish and to care about others.

Children were also shown a DVD each evening with a new skit about characters on an island who learned about Christ’s love. The DVD came with the package, but it was the first time the skits hadn’t been performed live, Redd said. She said she decided not to have the skits performed this year in honor of the couple that used to perform them, Buddy and Carol Maddox. They are currently both serving in Iraq with Ft. Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

In the basement, half the space was set aside for crafts and the rest had tables with kids eating supper. In the kitchen, the Rev. Steve Spitzer and Ben “Happy” Moore were sampling that evening’s meal, penne with cheese and garlic bread.

Spitzer talked about how wonderful it was that so many children were coming to the Bible school that normally didn’t come to church at all. Moore, who picked up some of the children in a van, said he had picked some new kids by the end of the week and that each time was an 85-mile round trip.

The next morning, Friday, the Ponderosa Baptist Church was wrapping up their vacation Bible school. The program was “Arctic Edge,” where “adventure meets courage,” from the company LifeWay.

Lee Gibbs, the youth director, said she had been using LifeWay’s programs since the first Bible school she led in 2001, a year after the church was built. The theme this year, of course, was courage and she said they had been studying the courageous acts of Paul, Peter and John, among others.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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