McCONNELL — The First Baptist Church of McConnell held their vacation Bible school July 21-25 with the theme “Operation Salvation.”
With an average attendance of 250 each night, the event would be considered a success, but the pastor of the church, Rev. John E. Godby, attributes another important fact that made the event successful.
“The most important fact about Vacation Bible School this year was the 30 decisions for Christ that were made in the hearts of adults and youth,” Godby said.
Godby accounts the success of the Bible school to much prayer, cooperation among the church, and the God honoring lessons.
Each night of “Operation Salvation” there was a skit that took place in a doctor’s office as a patient attempt to find out why he could not stop sinning. Each doctor — Dr. Law, Dr. Flesh, Dr. World, and Dr. Good Works — that he visited endeavored to solve his problem. Finally, on Friday evening, Dr. Grace did a transplant and took the sinful heart out and replaced it with the heart of salvation. The patient’s sin problem was fixed.
The adult and teen class was taught by visiting Missionary-Evangelist Michael Gibson. A Bible Contest was held during the week between the “Surgeons” and the “Doctors”. The youth captains for the teams were Bailey Workman and Caleb Pritchard. The Bible contest consisted of memorizing the books of the Bible, divisions of the Bible, pledges to the American flag, the Christian flag, and to the Bible, and 30 Bible verses. Each person could receive points by inviting friends.
The Surgeons won the Bible contest by the tally of 12,513 to 10,200. The grand prize winner was Kenzie Scott. The person who brought the most new people was Braken Barker. All children, middle school, high school, and adults that participated in the Bible contest took home a prize. Stephanie Cooper scored the most points in the adult class division. Hannah Ellis was the teen-division first place winner, and a tie for first place for the children was between sisters, Sophie and Ella Kelly. Four people said all the scriptural memory; they were KK Temple, Caleb Pritchard, Kenzie Scott and Bailey Workman.
Red and Papaw puppet entertained the crowd each evening with wit and comedy. The puppets also announced who sat in the mystery seat each evening. The mystery seat is a place in the church set aside to reward good boys and girls with a special treat.
For more information on services and programs at First Baptist Church of McConnell, contact the church office at 304-752-7774 or visit their website at thefirstbaptistchurchofmcconnell.com.