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Despite the inclement weather teachers and staff agreed, it was one of Thompson Baptist Church's best VBS programs ever! Pastor Wyman said that on those two rainy days of the week of August 26 , they had to use every available space in the church, not only for the Bible classes, but for games, refreshments and crafts!
The theme for this years VBS was CastleKids. The entire auditorium and downstairs classrooms were decorated like an ancient medieval castle. Many decorations were given to the church from Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit and from the First Baptist Church of Hollisterville; these had had their VBS a week or so before TBC.
A knight in shining armor stood at attention by the church drive as the kids arrived each morning. He was loaned to the church by antique dealer Ken Farr of Jackson and added a really striking figure to the CastleKid theme.
Each of the five mornings a "Royal Proclamation" was read by "Sir" William Shade, the castle's "Royal Page." With Donna Gellatt at the piano, he led the boys and girls in singing the fun as well as meaningful songs of the CastleKids.
During each morning assembly and under the direction of Shannon Cooper, the Puppeteers, Sydney Carmody, Natalie Piercy, Ashley Price, Amy Wyman and Beth Wyman put on a lively, five-act presentation of "Adventures in the Castle."
The boys and girls enjoyed all the intriguing crafts which Ardie Callender and her fine staff demonstrated and helped them make. One was a beautiful, wooden, three-dimensional horse puzzle for the Juniors to put together.
The delicious refreshments, which included great homemade cookies, were enjoyed by all, especially Pastor Wyman who is an avowed "Cookie Monster." Margaret Lucarelli and her capable crew had all the refreshments ready and waiting when the hungry children descended upon them!
Game time was led and directed by Shannon Cooper and his able staff. Shannon is the Youth Pastor at TBC and his enthusiasm for all the games and activities was contagious!
Kings, queens and royalty were the subject of each day's Bible lessons. Queen Esther, King Joash, Prince Jonathan were some of the thrilling examples of what God can do in the life of a person whose heart is right with God whether he be a king or a little child. Pastor Wyman taught the Juniors, Ruby Shade taught the Primaries and Robin Leonard was the teacher for the Pre-Primaries.
For the Sunday evening closing program prizes and awards, donated by local supporters were presented to the winners of the points contests and to those who displayed good Christian character.
A great time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to next year's VBS, "Jungle Adventures"!
Thompson Baptist Church is pleased to welcome back to their pulpit their former pastor and his wife, Gerald and Lucile Safstrom. They will be at the Church for the 22nd and 29th of August. Pastor Safstrom will be preaching in the morning and evening services on the 22nd, and in the morning service only on the 29th. Lucile is bringing her cow bells and will be playing them in one or two of the services while they are here.
Pastor and Lucile Safstrom ministered in Thompson from 1993 to 2000. The Safstroms are now retired and living in Bradenton, FL . Currently he is serving as an interim pastor for Fellowship Baptist Church, also in Bradenton, FL.
Pastor Wyman and the congregation at Thompson look forward to having them come and invite the community to join them in welcoming back the Safstroms.
For further information call 727-2461 or 727-2225.
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