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First Baptist welcomes 120 children to VBS
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Pictured is Bible time during VBS at First Baptist Church. On Monday night, students were told the story of how God chose David to be the King of Israel. It was thought God might choose the tallest or best looking as king, but he looked inside and selected David.

“Treasured – You Are Priceless to God” is the theme this week for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church.

“One of the things we’re doing this year is showing real-life stories of how God has helped children,” said Tammy Trembley, director of children’s ministries at First Baptist. “Videos come with the curriculum showing children dealing with issues such as changing schools, which can be a big deal especially when they are going from a small school to a very large one. It helps children to know they are not alone, that others have feelings similar to theirs.”

Participation was solid Monday for opening night of VBS. There were 120 children and 85 adults on campus.

VBS participants rotated around to four stations. One of the stations featured play time on the church’s outdoor basketball court. Children chased each other around with pool noodles, tried their hand at hula-hoop, and did other activities.

There was also a station to learn about applying religious faith to everyday situations.

“God knows you,” said Trembley. “If you’re sad, lonely, or embarrassed, those are issues you can turn over to God.”

Kieriae Humphries, a ninth-grader, said she loved when she was young enough to attend VBS as a student and now helps out as much as possible as a youth group member.

“I love our youth group and John Templeton is a great pastor,” said Kieriae.

Eli Mietling, an eighth-grader, says First Baptist Church is much different from his former church in Michigan.

“Our youth group was so big, it was hard to know anybody,” said Eli. “We probably had 500 or 600 in the youth group there. This is so much better.”

Eli and Kieriae said there are about 70 active youth group members at First Baptist going to an upcoming church camp.

Children were given fun multiple choice questions to learn about their personality. When asked what they like better – beach, mountains, or home – beach was the clear favorite.

When asked about their favorite candy flavor, sour was the No. 1 pick.

VBS continues this week at First Baptist from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night thru Thursday. It’s open to children entering kindergarten to fifth grade completed.