VBS put on pause due to COVID-19
BY DONNAMY STEELE
Due to the uncertainty that follows COVID-19, vacation bible school is put on pause for many local churches. Pastor Brennan Peacock of First United Methodist Church is not sure whether they will be holding VBS this year yet.
“All of the details are still uncertain, but we plan to hold VBS during the week of July 27-30,” Peacock said.
In an attempt to bring kids together in a safer way, Peacock is considering using remote
methods such as Zoom for the kids who register for it. “We are planning to include virtual
interactions leading up to VBS, including Zoom for kids who register,” Peacock said.
If able to have an in-person gathering for VBS, the church plans to keep everything
outdoors and limit the attendees. “We plan to do an outdoor gathering with the kids, but we will
have to limit the number of kids who can register,” Peacock said.
Despite COVID-19 restricting plans for the summer, Pastor Tyler Ingram of Buck Creek
Baptist Church still wants something planned for local kids. Although, no plans have been
officially made yet.
“We do not have anything scheduled as of right now,” Ingram said. “If the virus wouldn’t
have happened, we would be in the middle of VBS right now.”
Ingram is working with other members of the church to plan VBS for this summer. “We
are still planning and hope to have something put together soon,” Ingram said. “We will have
something, we just have to work on it.”
Pastor William Worley of First Baptist Church is also unsure of the church’s VBS plans.
“We are still undecided on whether we will have VBS this summer,” Worley said. “If so, it will be
in late July.”
If everything goes smoothly, VBS will happen in late July. Although, the experience will
be modified due to the safety of those attending. “Everything will be modified,” Worley said. “We
are still meeting, but we will know more later.”