Holiday Bible Schools Return After Peak Of COVID-19 Pandemic
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – With the COVID-19 vaccine and restrictions relaxed, local churches are once again welcoming traditional holiday Bible schools.
âThis has been a great year,â said Ben Hayes, pastor of First Baptist Church Dadeville. âWe had ten of our children who professed their faith in Jesus Christ. “
The church used last year’s theme, “Concrete and Cranes,” as it has already purchased the Lifeway materials but was unable to accommodate the 2020 Holiday Bible School.
âI think there was still a bit of fear and anxiety hugging our families, but we had a great time,â said Hayes.
Lifeway, an organization that provides VBS Christian resources to churches, said “thousands of children” will receive “spiritual education” this summer.
âI think we’re in a season where we’re prepared and ready,â said Melita Thomas, Lifeway’s VBS Ministry Specialist, in a press release. “People are hungry for hope.”
Taylor Road Baptist Church has also just hosted its Bible school. Last summer there was a smaller VBS in August which was limited to church children. Senior Pastor Daniel Atkins said this year’s program is open to everyone.
âOh, my God, it was like chains were breaking,â Atkins told us. âWe had children from all over town who came. “
âLast year walking the halls was just quiet – where in years past it was chaotic here,â he added.
The church hosted Lifeway 2021’s archaeological theme, “Destination Dig”. About 100 children participated in this year’s VBS. Atkins said the change was refreshing.
âThis year was just a little more normal,â the pastor said of the children dancing, shouting and worshiping. “It was almost liberating, and the kids just loved it.”