Curry churches hosting joint VBS

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 6/22/19

CURRY — Three churches are coming together to host Vacation Bible School for children in the Curry area next weekend.Hermon Baptist, Macedonia Baptist and Sunlight Baptist will present "Game On" …

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Curry churches hosting joint VBS

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CURRY — Three churches are coming together to host Vacation Bible School for children in the Curry area next weekend.

Hermon Baptist, Macedonia Baptist and Sunlight Baptist will present "Game On" Friday through Sunday at Hermon Baptist Church.

Members of all three churches will be on hand to teach classes and lead outdoor activities for pre-K aged children through teens. A lesson will also be offered for adults who attend.

The churches are also sharing responsibility for serving a hot meal to attendees each night.  

The joint VBS is the result of a fellowship among the three congregations that began last fall when they began visiting each other's churches one Sunday night a month.

"What we're after here in Curry is tearing down the walls of 'This is your church and that's my church.' As Scripture teaches, there is one body of Christ, and we want to live that way. We're not trying to meld churches. We want people to stay in their churches on their road with their neighbors, but we want to act like we all belong to one Christ," said Sunlight Baptist Pastor Richard Meeks.

Sunlight Baptist, which has an average attendance of 40 to 45 on Sundays, hosted a  one-day VBS last year. A traditional week-long or a three-day VBS would not have been possible given the number of volunteers available to help.

Hermon Baptist, which has added 10 new members in the several months and seen its Sunday attendance rise to nearly 50, offered a one-day VBS in 2017 but did not host a VBS last year, according to longtime member Harriet Wisener. 

Wisener felt strongly that the church should host VBS this year, and Pastor Jake Russell agreed.

During a recent Sunday night meeting in which members of all three churches worshipped together, a member of Macedonia Baptist told Wisener that their congregation still had unused materials from last year's VBS, which had to be canceled due to circumstances beyond their control.

The two, along with a member of Sunlight who was present, agreed that a joint VBS was a good project.

"Everyone is excited. I even mentioned it to a shop owner where I get our literature from sometimes, and she said, 'I so feel the Holy Spirit in this,'" Wisener said.

"Game On" will be held on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Hermon Baptist Church is located on Herman Road in Curry.