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During summer vacation, usually in the first two weeks of June, area churches hold vacation Bible school so as to not interfere with family travel plans.

Back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I always attended VBS at First Baptist Church in Bluffton, when it was a smaller, white wooden structure on the corner of Church and Boundary streets.

There was always a good crowd of young folks of all ages attending, from toddlers to teenagers. You have to remember, those were the days before color TV and electronics that occupy space in a lot of young people’s minds today.

VBS held our attention, not only for Bible stories and scripture we earnestly listened to and learned, but also for the chance to mingle with others our age, making crafts and yummy treats served every day.

I particularly remember Mrs. Inez O’Quinn being the teacher of my age group when I was 12 years old and I still have the wooden serving tray I made during the craft time that year.

This year, Maye River Baptist church on Okatie Highway held its VBS from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 9-13.

Shelby Jenkins has been the VBS director for many years, though she was not able to take the helm this year because of unexpected circumstances. She has endearing memories of all the years she attended as a child and still has some of the crafts she made.

Jennifer Walters stepped up to take Shelby’s place, while her mom Sharon Walters served as assistant director. Jennifer and Sharon told me there were 91 children enrolled with an average daily attendance of 80.

The theme for Maye River Baptist’s VBS was “The Incredible Race,” with scripture from Revelation 7:9, speaking about the origin of man and one language.

The theme-related art display, the Tower of Babel, filling the pulpit and choir area of the sanctuary, was built by church member Don King, who is an active deacon and Sunday school superintendent.

Don has graciously used his God-given talents for the past six years to building these art forms…

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