Children attending Vacation Bible School next week will learn about God among the towering grasses and exotic beasts of Africa -- all in Hayden's back yard.
Volunteers with Mission of Grace Baptist Church and Hayden Congregational Church have worked hard to transform the Baptist church into the Bible school's theme: Serengeti Trek.
If you go Vacation Bible School is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at Mission of Grace Baptist Church. The free program is for children ages 4 through those in sixth grade. For more information or to register, call Barbara May at 276-3111.
"The church doesn't even look recognizable when we're done. ... It's like letting these kids step into another world," volunteer Lisa Zirkle said.
Colorful murals painted by Rosalee Bosick are an example of the commitment and enthusiasm behind the popular Bible school, which has been a joint effort between the two churches for four years.
"People never cease to amaze me," Zirkle said. "This stuff is awesome -- it's professional."
During that time, children ages 4 through those in sixth grade will break into groups to discuss their relation to God, gradually working up to the fourth day and most important lesson about God's gifts, Zirkle said.
"That's a pretty powerful day," she said.
Children will participate in activities that help engage all of their senses.