Youngsters visit 'TrueRassic Park'

Yampa Bible Church hosts Vacation Bible School attended by 25 children

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The sounds of children roaring filled the Yampa Bible Church last week. Plastic dinosaurs and a time machine adorned the church's stage. Little dinosaur feet made of paper plates were tied carefully around flip-flops and tennis shoes. It wasn't a scene out Jurassic Park: It's this year's Vacation Bible School, "TrueRassic Park."

South Routt youths had the opportunity to attend the Yampa Bible Church's free, week-long Vacation Bible School. The church even had a child who came from Hayden every day. This year's theme was, obviously, dinosaurs.

Pastor Rod Krey's wife, Kathy, usually runs the Bible school, but because of a death in the family, the program fell into the hands of volunteers and community members.

"We've had a good turnout. We've had about 25 kids attend every day," said Pat Woodcock, a longtime church member and Bible camp volunteer.

In the church's 102 years in Yampa, Woodcock thinks it has always done something for the youths, and she knows the church has had such programs since she joined it in 1950.

Dr. Wendy Villa, or "Doc Wendy" as the children know her, helped with skits that were performed after each day's lesson to help prove what the Bible says is true.

"We do this to teach the kids how everything was created, from the biblical point of view," she said.

The Bible camp was put on using a program planned by TruthQuest, a national company that supplies materials and curriculum for church's children's programs. The children who participated biblical classroom lessons, lab experiments, crafts and the skits, where they sang, danced and listened to the characters talk on stage.

In a giant orange suit with a bright yellow beak, Perry the dinosaur was a huge hit during the skits. A church member sewed Perry's suit and the children loved it, Villa said.

Pastor Krey said the children responded very well to the various programs, though the younger kids had shorter attention spans.

"We kept them all very engaged with questions and they really liked it," he said.

Children ages 4 to 12 participated this year.

The program addressed topics such as dinosaurs, creation and the flood from a Biblical perspective.

"We just wanted to represent the other side," Krey said.

Brandi Dudley, another community volunteer, helped with the crafts.

"The kids have a lot of fun making projects, and they've been very creative," she said.

Although crafts are fun, most children said they really enjoyed the skits because they were interactive and funny.

Misty Richmond, 10, said the skits were her favorite part.

"It's cool because I like dinosaurs," she said.

Richmond worked hard all week memorizing specific Bible versus to win a scholarship to the Mount Elim Bible Camp that is held June 20 to 24 near Stagecoach Reservoir.

"I want to go so I can learn more about God and spend more time in church," she said.

The scholarship is for $110.

Dudley thinks Vacation Bible School is important because it teaches faith in the Bible and the Lord in a way that is more fun for children than sitting through a typical church service.

"It's important for the kids to know God is fun and hands-on, and that he's not just out there," she said.

Woodcock agreed that it is important because it is a time that is focused just on the kids.

"This is their special time," she said.

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