New Hope Baptist Church held their Annual Vacation Bible School last week to the theme “In the Wild”.  

Children were encouraged to grab their camera and buckle up their seat belt for an amazing encounter with not only wild animals, but encounters with Jesus. 

During the evening time of the week long VBS, children talked about elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles, but learned of real life encounters with Jesus in the scripture. 


Jennifer Hunter, New Hope Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Directorand Bro. Stephen McLane, pastor of New Hope Baptist Churc, prepare for a “Pie in the Face” after children collected over $900 in offerings the week of VBS.

According to VBS director, Jennifer Hunter, the average attendance for the evening was 50 children, with approximately 30 helpers each night.  Hunter couldn’t contain her excitement when she talked about the amazing group of kids that attended.  

One of the aspects that stood out was the offering collection each night by those in attendance.  

“This was our largest offering we have ever gotten from VBS.  Normally we do a pie in the face for the winner, but because the kids worked so hard, we both decided to take a pie in the face,”  said Hunter.

Money collected will help the youth with their first ever mission trip.