Summer Bible adventures at Tryon Presbyterian Church

Published 3:35 pm Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Bible Adventure at Tryon Presbyterian Church is using an approach called active learning to apply the Bibles lessons to everyday life. In active learning, stories come alive through experiences with the five senses such as smelling bread baking, sitting in a type of tent found in the desert, seeing people dressed as figures from biblical times, or acting out a story.

The churchs educational building will be transformed into the Jericho Road from August 2 through 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Children (ages five and up, youth and adults are invited). Lesley Bush, director of music and communications, says not to worry about dinner. He is in charge of a menu of freshly prepared meals that will be served in the Jericho Road Cafe (previously the churchs fellowship hall) each evening from 6 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Adventure from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

During the week, the Bible Adventure will focus on a different aspect of the Good Samaritan through workshops that will take place each evening. This repetition gives participants the opportunity to delve more deeply into the meaning of the story and how it applies to their lives. For example, participants will gather in a Bedouin Encampment where they will meet a Levite and hear his side of the story.

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In another workshop, those involved will eat their way through the Bible by discovering herbs from biblical times and preparing food with them to see the connection between providing food and Gods mercy. Dramatizing the Good Samaritan with costumes, a script, a cast of characters, and an audience will make the story of the Good Samaritan come alive.

In addition to the Bible Adventure for children, youth, and adults, two additional adult classes will be offered: Parables of Jesus and Historical Heroes. These classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

According to Rev. Mary Potter, director of the Summer Bible Adventure, Kids are really active and they get bored if they are asked to sit for an hour and a half. This way of learning is not only fun and meaningful for children, but it gets young people and adults involved as well. All in the community are welcome.

For more information, contact the church office at 828-859-6683. Spaces are limited. Parents must register their children prior to the start of Bible Adventure. Adults can register by calling the church office. Registrations assure that dinner will be available for all. Check out the church website at for more information or to print a registration form for Summer Bible Adventure.