By EMILY REED | Special for the journalist
ALABASTER – The First Baptist Church of Alabaster completed its Vacation Bible School week June 6-10 with approximately 315 children attending each day.
“We felt we finally bounced back after COVID affected our VBS for the past two years,” said Minister of Kindergarten and Childhood Amber Bennefield. “The sanctuary was full of children and volunteers, and it was a joy to see their smiling faces again. We also asked 37 children to make the decision to follow Jesus and raise over $2,300 for our mission offering.
This year’s theme was “Spark Studios”, which invited children from kindergarten through sixth grade to spark their imaginations and take creativity to the next level.
They learned that God’s creativity did not stop in Genesis, and that the “Master Artist” works to redeem, reclaim and transform them.
Bennefield said Vacation Bible School is always a special time for children during the summer months as children thrive on relationships and connection.
“I think that’s a big part of why they love VBS,” Bennefield said. “Our volunteers are thrilled to see them every day, know their names and continue to communicate with them after VBS is over. worshiping with their classes, not being afraid to look silly, just doing whatever it takes to connect with their class.
He added that VBS’s goal at First Baptist Alabaster is to create a remarkable experience for the children who attend.
“We want them to be impressed with the decorations and have fun making new friends, eating all the snacks, playing silly games at recess and singing and dancing at a gathering. of worship,” Bennefield said. “Most importantly, we want them to leave knowing who Jesus is, how much he loves them, and what he did for them on the cross.”
About 150 volunteers worked all week to ensure the success of the event. This included adults and students who volunteered their time.
There were also people who couldn’t volunteer during VBS week who worked on things like decorations, preparing for registration and more in the weeks leading up to the event.