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Fisher Chapel steps back for old-time VBS

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
A vintage photo of the Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church, founded in 1893 in Sissonville. The church is having an old-fashioned vacation Bible school June 12 through 16. The VBS is for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Courtesy photo

It’s the season for vacation Bible schools, and at Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church in Sissonville, VBS participants will take a trip back in time. They’ll get a sense of what life was like when the church was founded in 1893.

It’s the second year for the old-fashioned VBS, said church member Joyce Good-Pitchford. The nod to the church’s past was the idea of long-time church member Eileen Stanley, who is 97 years old.

“She still drives herself to church every Sunday,” Good-Pitchford said. “It was her idea for an old-fashioned Bible school.”

Fisher UMC’s VBS will meet from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 12 through 16. It is geared toward children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Children in the sixth grade and up will act as helpers during the week-long event.

The children will experience such things as churning butter, quilting, washing clothes on a washboard, seeing a horse being shod, making lye soap and seeing a circuit-riding preacher arrive on horseback.

The story of David and Goliath and Jonah and the Whale will also be brought to life as part of the week’s activities. There will also be a petting zoo on Wednesday evening. Arts, crafts, singing and refreshments are also on the VBS schedule.

Good-Pitchford said the children will get plenty of hands-on experience practicing the skills from yesteryear.

“We’ll be doing various stations each night. Each night will be a different station for butter churning and washing clothes on a washboard,” she said.

After they’ve done the clothes washing, the children will hang the clothes up outside on lines using clothes pins.

“A circuit riding preacher will arrive on Thursday evening and speak to the children,” she said.

Inside, there will be a reconstruction of the front of the original 1893 church.

“We still have a podium and some of the pews” from the original church.

“They built a new church in 1951,” she said.

The children will also make swords and shields to re-enact the story of David and Goliath, Good-Pitchford said.

Fisher Chapel is located a quarter-mile on the road to Rippling Waters Church of God campground on Middle Fork Road.

For more information, call Good-Pitchford, 304-541-8732.


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