Rural Missouri Church Brings Families in Through Vacation Bible School

OWENSVILLE – Volunteers from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church here help children complete their crafts during Vacation Bible School earlier this month. (Submitted photo)

After a schedule trial and error method, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church outside of Owensville discovered a winning and unusual time for Vacation Bible School.

“We started VBS on Wednesday night,” Dennis Spurgeon, pastor, said, “then, Thursday and Friday nights. On Saturday morning, we met 9-11:30 with our last session on Sunday morning.”

“This schedule just clicked for us,” Donna Spurgeon, VBS director and pastor’s wife, said. “We are a small country church 13 miles south of Owensville, out in the middle of nowhere.”

“Many people asked us,” she continued, “where all these kids came from. But we were diligent in promoting. Many of the church members brought children in and word of mouth really worked for us. We increased enrollment with each session.”

On Sunday morning, the church turned their service into Family Day. “We were very excited about this celebration service,” Dennis said. “We gave the children their awards, used them in skits, songs and showed the video of the week. We had 90-100 people there. Last year, for Family Day, we only had 70-80 people.”

“Our mission project was Operation Christmas Child,” Dennis continued, “so we showed a Samaritan’s Purse video to show the parents where their gifts were going. They brought so many nice gifts that we will be able to increase our shoeboxes this year.”

After the service, the church invited the children and their families to a tailgate party. “It was just like an old fashioned VBS out under the oak tree,” Dennis continued. “We grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs,” he said. “We had the church members bring some side dishes and we asked the others to just be there.”

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Source: Baptist Press