by Lisa Tome
Matt Hamilton and Coby Taylor had no problem looking slightly foolish in front of a big crowd last week.
The pair, playing construction workers, one with a memory problem, drew big laughs from both children and adults.
The skit was in Jesus' name, and was part of the annual Vacation Bible School at Porters Grove Baptist Church.
"It comes easy. It's fun to see the kids laugh. They can have fun as we teach them about Jesus. Part of doing that is getting them involved," said Hamilton, who played a construction worker who lost his hammer. Hamilton actually works as Director of Network Communications at Harford Community College.
Taylor agreed that it was fun to get the laughs. "That's my personality. I like to see them happy. They feel cared
about," said Taylor.
Tara Johnson and Joan Tripoli directed the VBS which attracted about 100 children nightly age three to eighth grade. The VBS theme was Construction Zone 16: Building Character Like Jesus. That theme was designed to get the children thinking about helping others near and far. Nightly collection was taken which will go to help missions in Philippines. Children were also asked to bring non-perishable food items to help with Corners of the Field, the church's weekly local food ministry.
As part of the theme, construction equipment was loaned to the church by New Holland Equipment. Pastor Steve Dixon said that equipment drew attention to the church. Passersby inquired if the church was gaining an addition. "How blessed we are to have talented people and faithful workers and to have 90-100 kids. We've got Oxford here. We have Elkton. We have north Jersey. They come from all over," said
Pastor Dixon. "We love having them here for a week. There is a hope if they don't go to church they will come here. We have Sunday school, Awana, and youth group."
Nightly activities during VBS included story time, snack, craft, and Bible lessons. Jack Hill gives a part of himself to the VBS every year. Hill builds the props, This year, he created a large piece of construction equipment that doubled as a puppet theater. Hill, who worked for Chrysler for 33 years, builds large props in his garage each year. He built this year's bulldozer from wood and styrofoam.
"It didn't cost much to build it. I use stuff off ones we used before. These wheels are from a train I built eight years ago. I just do it. I just do it for the kids," Hill said.