by Lisa Tome
Pastor Arlen Pfennninger isn't a spectator at First Baptist Church of Elkton's annual Vacation Bible School.
Pastor Pfennninger takes an active role.
This year, at the VBS which ran from June 26-30, the pastor also served as a teacher, telling children about missions. He said he enjoys Bible School and the opportunities it presents. "It's all about people and telling them about Jesus. It's a way to reach out to the community and bring them the love of Christ," said Pastor Pfennninger.
Maureen Clute served as the director for this year. Clute said First Baptist Church of Elkton has hosted VBS for about a half century. Some years, it's been held during the day. This year, it was all evenings and served children ages four and up. "We're trying night time this year," said Clute.
The theme "Submerged" was nautical but had children exploring God.
Clute explained that it was a pre-packaged curriculum bought to fit the Southern Baptist faith.
About 30 church members volunteered teaching the lessons. Each evening included a worship rally, with singing, a Bible story, missions, crafts, snack, and a music class. Video presentations also showed the work of actual missionaries.
Clute said that the VBS is a mix of church members and those from the community. "It's a way of reaching out," she said.
Kim Thompson has volunteered at VBS for about 15 years. She oversees the pre-school.
"It's important to teach kids about God and give them a fun time learning about God," said Thompson.