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At Decatur First Missionary Baptist Church's Bible school, Al Robinson, left, and Jamieon Long, right, work on a Bible activity Tuesday. The week's theme was 'World Mission for Jesus.'
Daily photo by Emily Saunders
At Decatur First Missionary Baptist Church's Bible school, Al Robinson, left, and Jamieon Long, right, work on a Bible activity Tuesday. The week's theme was "World Mission for Jesus."

VBS yields Very
Blissful Smiles

June is prime time for a perennial summer favorite, vacation Bible school. VBS means children laughing, singing, playing, creating, clapping, snacking, teasing and, sometimes, listening. Above all, it is about little ones feeling God's care, said those who plan and teach.

Cory King, left, and Mark Hay eat cotton candy at a VBS signup party Sunday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Wesley's VBS is Monday through Friday, 5 to 8:15 p.m.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Cory King, left, and Mark Hay eat cotton candy at a VBS signup party Sunday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Wesley's VBS is Monday through Friday, 5 to 8:15 p.m.
Malinda Chatman said love for the children made her become a VBS volunteer at Decatur First Missionary Baptist Church. Director Georgia Rogers, a retired first-grade teacher, said she agreed to direct for the first time in about 10 years. It has been a challenge, she said, but helpers have been wonderful. Attendance was 69 on Wednesday.

Music workers Mary Kelly and Clara Johnson said they especially enjoyed teaching a song with the lyrics "When others do wrong, you do right. You make peace when others fight." The children asked to sing it again, they said.

Pledges to the flags; a devotional by the Rev. Herbert Cartwright, pastor; art and hourlong Bible classes filled the morning. Boxes of donated pizza and the ubiquitous Kool-Aid awaited the children when they returned from recreation.

Jharnae Cunningham, 5, said she loved the classes and going to the nearby park for playtime. Rogers said when she announced Wednesday that VBS was more than half over, children told her they didn't want it to end.

But it has. Rogers, Chatman, Kelly, Johnson and all the other helpers perhaps are resting up now. It's 51 weeks until VBS '08.

- Melanie B. Smith

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