• PHOTO SUBMITTED Local children participate in an activity at the community-wide Vacation Bible School this past summer at Buladean Community Center in Buladean. Members of Big Rock Creek Baptist, Buladean Presbyterian, Middle District Free Will Baptist and Roan’s Chapel Free Will Baptist all gathered for the weeklong event.
    PHOTO SUBMITTED Local children participate in an activity at the community-wide Vacation Bible School this past summer at Buladean Community Center in Buladean. Members of Big Rock Creek Baptist, Buladean Presbyterian, Middle District Free Will Baptist and Roan’s Chapel Free Will Baptist all gathered for the weeklong event.

Community VBS is becoming tradition

BULADEAN – Big Rock Creek Baptist Church is rethinking the structure of the traditional Vacation Bible School.

For the fourth year, Big Rock Creek partnered with three other local churches this past summer for a community-wide Vacation Bible School.

Under the guidance of Samantha Anderson, a member of Big Rock Creek who served as the program coordinator, Big Rock Creek joined members of Buladean Presbyterian, Middle District Free Will Baptist and Roan’s Chapel Free Will Baptist for a week of fellowship and study at the Buladean Community Center.

More than 100 local children came to participate in the “Galactic Surveyors” event during the week. Anderson said the attendance has increased every year.

“More people hear about it each year,” she said. “Hopefully it’s on the way to becoming a tradition.”

The idea of a community Vacation Bible School began after Buladean Elementary School permanently closed its doors a few years ago.

“We felt we needed the kids to have a gathering place,” Anderson said. “We wanted the school to still serve a purpose.”

All four participating churches chipped in to serve food and run activities.

Anderson said everyone put denominations aside and focused completely on preaching the gospel.

“We don’t want denominations to be an issue,” she said. “We want to come together and celebrate what we have in common, which is we believe Jesus is the only way to heaven.”

Planning for the next Vacation Bible School set to start July 16 is already underway, Anderson added.

Representatives from the participating churches meet every month leading up to the event to coordinate volunteers and plan activities and food.

“We usually start around this time because it takes a lot of planning,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of people who really enjoy it and that makes it such a blessing.”

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