Like most churches in our area, Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Alabama Highway 257 in Curry will host a Vacation Bible School this week (June 18-22) for children ages 4 years through 5th …
Like most churches in our area, Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Alabama Highway 257 in Curry will host a Vacation Bible School this week (June 18-22) for children ages 4 years through 5th Grade.
The Mount Vernon "Marketplace 29 A.D." will literally come to life each day from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. on the campus of the church.
Steve Britt, who serves as the associate pastor of Music and Senior Adults, said church members have been working hard over the past few weeks to recreate a market place from 29 A.D., in hopes of providing the children with an experience they'll remember for a lifetime.
"Our Marketplace will have Roman soldiers wandering the street, as well as craft tents, where the children will learn to weave baskets and make things from that time period," Britt said. "We will also have food tents where they can buy snacks with the coins we created to represent money from back then."
There will be a Bible Story Tent, as well as food from biblical times. The children will even draw their water to drink from a well.
Britt said he put on a similar VBS at another church several years ago, but nothing this elaborate.
"I took what I remembered and created a script that includes story tellers who will tell stories from a first-person perspective," Britt said. "We will also have the 12 tribes of Israel and each child who attends will be assigned to one of those tribes."
Britt said the children will then rotate between the different stations which have been erected on the church's campus specifically for this unique hands-on experience.
"I will blow an actual Shofar Horn (a ram's horn) to signal when it is time to rotate stations," Britt said. "We will also have someone collecting taxes, and the children will have to pay them. The Roman soldiers will even arrest some of our drama players for not paying taxes, just like they would have done back in those days."
The children will start on their adventure through the Mount Vernon Marketplace 29 A.D. in the tabernacle, which will include a large altar of sacrifice, a brass laver, a menorah, a table of show bread and an altar of incense.
"Brother John, our pastor, will explain each of those elements to the children, not only what they meant in the Old Testament but how they pointed to Christ in the New Testament," Britt said. "By the end of the week our goal is for the children to take what they've learned and perform for their parents and family members at our VBS Family Day, which will be on Friday."
For more information about the Mount Vernon "Marketplace 29 A.D." Vacation Bible School, call the church office at 205-387-8251.