By Nancy Whitney
Children used their minds, voices and creativity as they set off for exploration during the First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School program.
The program, held June 15 to 19, welcomed approximately 1,000 children between kindergarten and 6th grade geared up for a good time.
VBS has been an annual event at the First Baptist Church of Wylie since 1870, welcoming thousands of children through their doors each year.
The theme, Lifeways Journey off the Map, was brought to life with the stage décor. A large 3-D treehouse spread across the stage, reminiscent of the “Magic Treehouse” books, popular with children.
“Participants explored unchartered territory where they began to understand that obedience to God can lead them beyond the expected,” said Theresa Evetts, VBS director. “They discovered that Jesus is the ultimate guide on a journey unknown to them, but known by Him.”
During the week, the church collected Band-Aids, toothpaste and toothbrushes for Compel Ministries in Kenya and school supplies for a mission trip to Ecuador.
Activities included a worship rally at the Overlook, Bible study at Tangled Branch Tree House, music at Rushing Waters, recreation at Rappling Ravine, snacks at Survival Springs and missions at Boulder Bridge.
Over 300 volunteers helped make the event a success.
In conjunction with VBS, the church opened their parking lot to the Talley Carnival for the third year in a row.
Evetts contacted Mary Talley of Talley Amusements two years ago when the theme for VBS had been the carnival.
Thrill seeking enthusiasts enjoyed a variety of rides including the tilt-a-whirl, helicopter ride, the zipper, the carousel and much more.
Games included the shoot a star game, hoops, pluck-a-duck, and many others, all equally challenging but enjoyable.
Children could be seen dancing to music broadcast by Air One June 19. The radio station was on the carnival grounds with giveaways, prize drawings and live music from their station.
For additional information on how you can donate to the missions listed or how to volunteer for next year’s VBS, contact Evetts at [email protected].