Alabama Church Builds Savannah Scene Complete With Elephants, Giraffes, and Safari Jeeps for Vacation Bible School

A 15-foot giraffe is an example of Mount High Baptist Church’s efforts to go the “extra mile” in Vacation Bible School. In June, the Warrior, Ala., church also built an entire savannah with 8-foot elephants, sloths hanging from the ceiling and a jeep with full-sized tires.

WARRIOR, Ala. (BP) — It’s hard for Robert McAvoy to fathom that there was once a time when he didn’t know what Vacation Bible School was, but if he looks far enough back he can remember it.

“My wife told me she was volunteering for VBS one year and I said, ‘What is VBS?’ I’d grown up around church but had never been around VBS,” McAvoy said.

As his wife Angela got more involved so did he — and the more he helped out the more he was hooked.

‘Doing everything’

“Eventually she was the director and we were just doing everything,” he said.

For the past 20 years “everything” has meant spending all year building an elaborate decoration scheme for VBS at Mount High Baptist Church, Warrior, Ala.

One year McAvoy made a train engine big enough for fourth and fifth graders to get inside and “drive.” That was probably his favorite, he said.

This year for the theme “Into the Wild” he made a giraffe out of cardboard covered in fabric — an animal he modestly said he “planned to be 10 feet tall but may be a little bigger than that.”

Pastor Dan Nichols said a lot bigger was more like it.

“Our ceilings at the church are 16 feet tall and the giraffe’s ears are almost to the top,” he said. “I think he’s probably 15 feet plus some inches.”

Regardless of how tall that giraffe actually was, its imposing size was a visual of the small church’s big commitment to VBS.

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Source: Baptist Press

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