Cherokee Association churches bring back VBS comment (0)
June 28, 2012
By Maggie Walsh
Bethel Baptist Church, Centre, and Farill Baptist Church, Cedar Bluff, in Cherokee Baptist Association brought back Vacation Bible School (VBS) after decades of absence. It has been more than 25 years since Bethel Baptist’s last VBS, while Farill Baptist’s most recent VBS “predates everyone’s memories,” said Wendell Dutton, director of missions for Cherokee Association. Both took place in June.
Patricia Lively, VBS director at Farill, said the church decided to participate in VBS after Cherokee Association had a promotional clinic in January. “I have always been a firm believer in getting kids to church, and this is a great tool for reaching unchurched kids,” Lively said. “We’re small, but we’re looking for God to do big things.”
A team from First Baptist Church, Centre, was set to assist Farill with the worship rally and decorations. Cherokee Association supplied the teaching materials. “We’re all coming together for one purpose — to get kids involved and get them to know God,” Lively said.
Bethel Pastor Al McMullan said VBS has “a special place” in his heart because that is where he was saved when he was young.
Both churches have been spreading the word throughout their communities and were preparing to minister to approximately 50 children.