The couple is now in charge of Studio K6, a ministry that teaches at least 25 kids each Sunday morning, operates a preschool during the week and is currently experiencing an increase in attendance at Vacation Bible School.
Roger Wilson said approximately 65 kids from age 3 through the sixth grade attended the first night of Studio K6’s VBS “Operation Overboard” on Sunday.
The average attendance for Sunday night VBS in previous years has been closer to 35.
Approximately 85 children attended Monday night’s program.
Wilson said “Operation Overboard” has created some excitement within the community, which is still recovering emotionally from the April 27, 2011, tornadoes.
He estimated that 80 percent of this year’s VBS participants are not regular churchgoers.
“The people there really need something right now. Several people have called the church saying, ‘We don’t want to miss VBS this year,” Wilson said.
Cordova First Baptist recently began offering free transportation to its Sunday and Wednesday services. Wilson said the bus ministry is being operated during this week’s VBS, which has helped increase attendance.
He added that the church has also been inspired by new pastor Mahlon LeCroix, who has announced his desire for the congregation to expand its outreach in the community.
Wilson said the doors of First Baptist are open to all Cordova residents.
“We want to welcome the community. Regardless of denomination, we all serve the same God,” he said.
The tagline for “Operation Overboard” is “Dare to Go Deep with God.” Several sea-themed puppets as well as a local scuba diver have been part of the program.
Thursday, the last day of VBS, was Parent Night. Cake and ice cream were served afterward for the families who attended.
“I think it has been a high-energy VBS that I think everyone has enjoyed. The kids are learning a lot without even realizing it,” Wilson said earlier this week.