Monday, June 17, 2024
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Vacation Bible Schools Offer Social Interaction, Learning

Vacation Bible School programs cranking up across the Upper Cumberland, offering young people the chance for social interaction and learning more about faith.

Pastor Dale Cox is the lead pastor of Upward Church in Byrdstown. He said that that the main purpose of Vacation Bible school is to make church interesting. Cox said that vacation Bible school programs like his help combat tech-induced isolation during the summer months and offers a phone-free environment to keep children entertained. Cox said that in order to reach children, Vacation Bible schools need to meet them on their level.

“Our main goal is to make sure that every, every child is ready for Heaven,” Cox said. “We want to make sure they know the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the very tip-top main goal. But, we strive to do a lot of things on the level that will interest them and communicate to them.”

Mathias Trentle is Kids Pastor at Life Church in Livingston. He said skits provide a major source of education and entertainment. Trentle said that this year they will perform skits reenacting the story of Elijah and hope to capture what that time may have looked like. Trentle said that vacation Bible school offers the chance for students to deepen their faiths in their own groups during the summer months.

“I believe it’s very important,” Trentle said, “It’s just a time for the kids to come together and just be able to fellowship together.”

Cox said that the theme of the school changes each year, this year, his church’s theme is “Farm Fresh Faith.”

“The seed is a lot like faith,” Cox said. “God plants it in you by his word and then it grows and, they’ll be using things like that to touch them and reach them on their level.”

Life Church will hold its Vacation Bible school program from June 17-20. Upward Church will hold its program from June 26-28.

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