Children play on jumpers and have fun as part of the event

By Joseph McCain

The Winston County Journal


Volunteers and staff at First United Methodist Church in Louisville were ecstatic when they counted the number of children that participated in God’s Backyard Bible Camp in July.

Over 75 children had signed up for the vacation bible school held July 15 through the 19. The event focused on serving God by serving others.

“One of the goals of the camp is to get the children to understand responsibility in the community,” volunteer Peggy Crawford noted. “The children were taught to serve family, friends, their community and country.”

One of these activities that illustrated this point was when National Guardsman Sgt. Wilbur Holmes of Troop G talked to the children on July 17. VBS volunteer Carol Clark introduced Holmes to the children.

Holmes, who has served 19 years in the National Guard, thanked the children for creating letters and other items to send to the troops serving overseas.

“It gets very lonely away from home and the letters and packages are very uplifting,” said Holmes. “It helps us serve better.”

Holmes also spoke about his service and two tours in Iraq. He explained that the main focus was to protect fellow soldiers and the people from those who want to harm others.

“We help protect the people,” said Holmes.

Among the other activities in which the children participated were arts and crafts, games, music and movement and Bible stories.