Vacation Bible School students can now expand their horizon of learning through road trips — minus cramped backseats — and the nagging question: Are we there yet?
â€œItâ€™s just a fun way to connect to different areas, along with the Bible and life learning,â€ said Pastor David Walker Jr. of Faith Baptist Church in Iron Station.
Faith Baptist will use â€œRoad Trip Across the U.S.â€ for this summerâ€™s Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme. Students will learn about both the United States and the Bible without leaving Lincoln County.
â€œThe first route will take them to Washington, D.C.,â€ Walker said. â€œIt connects like a bible story.â€
â€œDestination Belief will take them to Yellowstone National Park and Destination Obedience to Knotâ€™s Berry Farm in California,â€ he said.
Those who attend will take part in a Souvenir shop and tune-up station, all relating to the road trip theme.
â€œTheyâ€™ll sing songs and do crafts and indoor recreation,â€ Walker said.
Children will also enjoy camp-related refreshments and activities.
â€œTheyâ€™ll probably have hamburgers and hot dog-type food. A lot of diner food,â€ Walker said.
Walker came up with the road-trip idea through curriculum.
â€œItâ€™s a Southern Baptist theme,â€ he said. â€œA lot of Southern Baptist churches will be doing it.â€
Walker has many hopes for this yearâ€™s VBS.
Free and open to all, children one through 12 are invited to join classes from Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16.
Adults can also participate in the Ramblinâ€™ Road-Trip Bible Study.
â€œTheyâ€™ll do crafts and study and activities that go along with the theme,â€ Walker said.
Walker believes a road trip across the United States can be beneficial for the students.
â€œItâ€™s really just giving them experience to think of different places and will open their eyes to the different areasâ€ he said.
Students of VBS will chart a course across the U.S. in addition to a course with God.
â€œIt gives them a connection, knowing about an area,â€ he said, â€œmaking it fun along with bible school lesson.â€
Last year Faith Baptistâ€™s VBS followed a Japanese theme.
â€œLast year was with Japan and the Japanese way of life,â€ Walker said. â€œAnother was Amazon outfitters.â€
Walker hopes this yearâ€™s VBS guests will get something out of their journey.
â€œI want them to walk closer with Jesus,â€ he said. â€œI want them to make decisions that will help their lives.â€
Each evening, the â€œdinerâ€ will open at 5:45 p.m. for a meal; classes will follow at 6:30 p.m.
â€œWe average around 100 guests each year because the kids come back because they enjoy it,â€ Walker said.
by Maribeth Kiser