Disney meets Bible study at Baptist church

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Anchor Way Baptist Church is melding a bit of Disney with its children's Bible study starting this weekend.

Adventure Ridge is the church's new educational environment featuring artistic renditions of a mine shaft, natural areas and modern video technology. The basement-level classroom officially opens its doors for preschool through fifth-grade students Sunday morning.

"It is a Disney-quality artwork and accessory that is going to allow us to communicate Biblical values to our children and our community," Pastor Kevin King said.

Adventure Ridge features the most up-to-date technology with video screens and video displays that will assist children in learning the Bible's stories, he said. It also has a crawling wall for preschoolers.

King said he traveled across the nation visiting churches that have created similar developments with motifs that represent their individual tastes and communities.

"It has enhanced the children's ministries for the churches who have done this," King said.

Adventure Ridge is designed for teaching and fun, using a variety of mediums to educate children about the Bible, King said. The room has a 42-inch TV screen for videos, a computer module where children answer Biblical trivia questions and three PlayStation 2s.

"It's a cool thing," King said.

Adventure Ridge was custom-designed by Bruce Barry. Barry developed the E.T. ride at Universal Studios and Rainforest Cafes across the country.

Anchor Way Baptist Church has been raising money for this project for nearly seven months, King said. Now that the project for children's Bible study is complete, he said the church will start working on similar alternative education projects aimed at middle school and high school students.

Adventure Ridge is being unveiled at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m. There also will be a barbecue and open house from noon to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening. It will be open every Sunday during Bible study.

--To reach Jennie Lay call 871-4210

or e-mail jlay@steamboatpilot.com

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