VBS was Held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church over the Weekend

Dozens of children and their families are experiencing Vacation Bible School in a way they never have before–virtually, thanks to Oak Grove Baptist Church and the numerous organizers and volunteers who have worked together the past couple of weeks to make this online opportunity available.
 “The Rocky Railway Bible Adventure” features four days of virtual Bible School. Students pre-registered online and packets were available to pickup yesterday for the four-day program. Virtual Bible School is viewed through a Google drive link.
 The first night of Bible School began like so many others over the years. Students were welcomed by VBS co-leader Beth Boston and then participated in the pledge. They sang songs before talking about the lesson for the evening. Each evening features a different Bible adventure.
 “It’s just like they were in Bible School,” said Boston. She explained that organizers had been planning for a more traditional in-person Bible School expereince at the church in late July.
But because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, they began to look for other options.
 They learned more about Virtual Vacation Bible School through information from the Kentucky Baptist Convention and in just a few days had put together plans for Oak Grove.
They used Iphones and Imovie to put it all together, and Boston said the early feedback has been very positive.
 They have received pictures from parents showing the kids participating in crafts and activities that were part of the first night of Bible School.
Each night features a different activity. Packets include a folder for each night that outlines the lesson for the evening. Packets also included pre-packaged snacks for kids to enjoy as they participate.
 The curriculum is focused for younger children, but Boston noted that Virtual VBS is designed so the whole family can participate. VBS lasts about 40 to 50 minutes and the program can be accessed at any time throughout the day, so kids can participate in a time that fits their schedule. And kids are much more familiar
with virtual learning right now since they had to complete the final portion of the school year online.
 Boston noted that churches are having to “think outside the box” and beyond the building walls right now to provide opportunities like this. It keeps the VBS message of Jesus’ love alive at a time when people need that reassurance–especially the children. Boston expressed her appreciation to VBS Director Linda Martin,
Liz McClain who worked to put the media together and get it formatted, and the volunteers who participated in videoing the programs.
 “The VBS message is still there and I hope they are enjoying this,” said Boston.