When Vacation Bible School was introduced to Alexander County Baptist churches, Miss Lucy Echerd, along with other ladies, started it in their own church, First Baptist Church in Taylorsville. The year was 1937. Two years later, Antioch Baptist Church started this 2 week program as well. It has continued in our church ever since that 1939 beginning. It has increased in size, content, and methods. Many times it has been conducted during the day time but currently it is at night. It is now a weekly program instead of two weeks. It has grown immensely and reaches out into neighboring communities, even to the point of bringing children in via church vans. It is a wonderful outreach program.
The following article is a message from Pastor Morris with his evaluation of a recent VBS.
"What an outstanding week of VBS we experienced last week! We had an enrollment of 263 and an average attendance of 225. This means that each night there were an incredible number of people involved in hearing about and experiencing the love of God or in sharing that love. Each year we are amazed at the creativity, commitment, and just plain hard work that goes into making VBS such a rich experience for our own children and youth as well as for the children and youth of our community. I sincerely thank the VBS Committee and all those who had a part in making this year’s VBS so successful. Most importantly, I thank God for guiding, directing, providing, and blessing VBS last week. Once again, our church joined forces with three other churches to share resources, ideas, talent, and effort to create so many engaging props, backgrounds, and engaging features. This is such a wonderful example of the body of Christ working together to share God’s love throughout our communities.
Through “Agency D3,” children, youth, and adults discovered or “revisited” basic truths about Jesus Christ. He was the Son of God, He was more than just a good man, He died on the cross to gain eternal life for those who believe in Him, and God raised Him from the dead. All those who came to VBS experienced God’s love through the way they were welcomed enthusiastically, fed generously, hugged lovingly, and treated as the special children of God that they are. I truly believe that all those who helped to implement VBS, in whatever capacity they served, were the “hands and feet of Jesus” to the children, youth, and adults who attended VBS. The body of Christ at Antioch continues to be committed to reaching our community for Christ; this was expressed vividly through VBS last week. May we never lose that focus!"