By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post
Many of the physical needs of children and their parents living at a local campground as they try to get back on their feet financially are being met, but members of a local church want to help with the spiritual needs of the families and have found a way to try and do that.
Hillcrest Baptist Church is holding a Vacation Bible School for the children at Timberline Campground now through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m.
Pat Denton, wife of Pastor Glenn Denton, is heading up the VBS and will handle the children’s Bible studies while Youth Pastor Darrin Reynolds takes care of the teenagers.
“We had heard all of the stories about the folks out there at Timberline,” Denton said, “and we were glad that someone was taking care of their physical needs. So we decided to take care of their spiritual needs.”
The VBS will consist of story time, color time, snacks and puppets that will present the lesson to the children.
“I guess if I had to give the program a theme, it would be that God loves us,” Denton said. “The first night will be who God is; the second night will be what the Bible is; and the third night will be who am I. Friday night will be a picnic to be something like a ‘Hey mom and dad, look what I did this week at VBS.’”
Denton said that she wanted the underlying theme to be that even in troubling times that God will take care of us because He loves us. She said that Timberline has been very welcoming and that they are excited that someone is coming on a spiritual basis.
“We will send our church van to the campground on Sunday morning and invite all who want to come to our church service,” Denton said. “Sunday school classes will also be following up to help with their physical needs.”
She said that one class will set up an angel tree for the residents and another will take care of what she referred to as “lady things.” Denton said that Timberline has informed them that there may be those who are not truly in need and that the staff will keep a look out for those who would take advantage of this situation for their personal gain.
The Timberline Campground is located on 231 South next to Southside Elementary. It houses several families that have had to leave their homes during the hard economic times. Many of these families have more than one young child.
Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.