We are trying to give as much hope to the community as we can and show that we really are stronger together.Lori Sowers, Kidz Ministries director at First Baptist Church Rincon
RINCON — “X” marks the spot for area preschoolers through preteens to focus on God.
Starting June 1, First Baptist Church Rincon and Centerpoint Community Church will present a unique type of Vacation Bible School (VBS).
“I’ve renamed it VBX. It’s Vacation Bible Xperience with no ‘e,’” said Lori Sowers, Kidz Ministries director at First Baptist Church. “... It really is going to be an experience, an online experience. It’s all self motivated.”
The churches were forced to take a different VBS tack because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevents face-to-face instruction. Sowers joined with Moses and Lisa Toole of Centerpoint Community Church with the goal of reaching as many children as possible.
“We are trying to give as much hope to the community as we can and show that we really are stronger together,” Sowers said.
The VBX curriculum was written by Orange, a Christian company in Atlanta.
“They had already written all their Vacation Bible School stuff but once (the pandemic) hit they went ahead and tweaked everything to go virtually,” Sowers said. “All the Bible stories and the mission stories — even the music — was condensed and made easy for all leaders that use it to put it on a QR Code, and the parents will go to a youtube station to watch it with their kids.”
Parents can register online at fbcrincon.com or centerpointcommunity.org.
“We are asking parents to register because we want to send home VBX family kits in a box that will have everything they need to do VBX at home,” Sowers said. “It’s going to have the daily lessons, crafts, snack and recreation ideas, and cheesy toys and stuff. We ask the kids on the registration for what their favorite candy is so that it will be personalized for every child with a personal handwritten note.”
Local skits and praise teams will also be featured in VBX videos.