CONTINENTAL The monsters are coming to Free Christian Church of God, Continental. They will help teach over 400 area children that faith is more powerful than fear.
Rev. James Fry began writing the Bible School programs for his church 17 years ago.
“I didn’t feel the message was strong enough in teaching about salvation in the literature that was available,” he said. “My kids were young at the time and I thought about what I wanted them to learn.”
His first Bible School program was titled “Sinbusters: Who You Going to Serve.”
“I planned everything including the opening program, class lessons, activities, songs and drama presentation,” he said. “It takes quite a while to do.”
“I’m not big on just having kids sit and listen,” he said. “I want them to see what they are learning.”
All of his programs have been a take-off of some movie. This year it is a take off of the movie Monsters, Inc. The title of the 2013 Vacation Bible School at Free Christian is “Monsters, Incapacitated: Faith is more powerful than fear.”
Members of the church have been busy preparing for the August 5-9 Bible School program. Rev. Fry built the costumes to portray Sulley"—and his one-eyed assistant and best friend, Mike Wazowski.
“I figured it out by going to different websites that gave ideas,” he admitted.
“We expect to have over 400 children,” Rev. Fry said. “Last year we had 466 students enrolled in our Vacation Bible School each night.
After arriving the students gather in the sanctuary for an opening program. Then they break up into classes where attendance is taken by name.
The classes rotate to different programs during the evening including outside activities, lesson activities, a drama presentation and refreshments.
This year the drama presentation will again take place in the storage building located near the church.
“We bring in two sets of bleachers for the kids to sit on and transform the remainder of the building into the drama backdrop,” Rev. Fry said.
Parts for the drama are pre-recorded. The main characters in the drama practice their parts each day prior to the evening presentation.
Rev. Fry said it takes about 150 volunteers to present the Vacation Bible School. “We have drama people, teachers, teacher helpers, musicians, activity people and those in charge of refreshments,” Rev. Fry said. “With this many kids were are using every inch of space in the church and outside,”
Rev. Fry said it is important to teach children how Big God is and what authority he has. “When you think about what the children have to face if the church doesn’t equipment them they will just get eaten alive.”
Rev. Fry said another important message they demonstrate is that the church cares about them. “We let the kids know that God made them and they are all special.” He said they make a point of talking to each of the children individually.
The Vacation Bible School is held 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. each evening. You can pre-register by calling 419-596-3103 or visiting www.freecog.org. It is for ages 3-17.
Monsters will help children face their fears
Making Bible School memorable