Bible School teaches values of Christianity

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 19, 2003

From the streets of London to a treasure chest of values to planning for the future, children attending vacation Bible school this summer are learning that being a Christian is important in all walks of life.

"Being a Christian is about endurance," said Mary Dubose, VBS director for First Baptist Church in Troy.

"It's not here today and gone tomorrow, it's something you strive for daily."

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This year, Dubose is lead inspector for First Baptist's "The Great Kingdom Caper: Cracking the Character Code."

Each day, the kids have clues they have to solve in order to learn how to live one of several Christian values that are found in Colossians 3:12-14.

They include patience, kindness, humility, endurance, love and gentleness.

"The kids are loving it and having a great time," Dubose said.

The investigation into the character code takes the little sleuths all over Europe, each place teaching them something different about living with Christian character.

"In Scotland, they'll learn about patience and endurance," Dubose said.

The also learn about missionaries along the way and what is being done in other countries to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, St. Paul A.M.E. Church is also teaching its VBS students about what it means to be a Christian.

The kids are also learning about options for the future.

All week, representatives from different careers have spoken to the group about the different responsibilities their particular job has.

Police officers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and even Litter Man have stopped by to share with the children what they do.

Wednesday, Elvis Presley even stopped by to sing a few gospel songs.

"The kids have responded very well," said Shawn Marcum.

"We had a lawyer come in and they all started raising their hands telling him they wanted to be a lawyer or a doctor."

The combination of career and character is a good way to teach the children that no matter what they do, living a life of Christian values counts.