Parker County Daily Post, Written by Michelle Morgan (PCDP) –
HUDSON OAKS 06/03/2015 – New River Fellowship hosted their Vacation Bible School at Splash Kingdom Wild West this past Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This is the first Vacation Bible School hosted outside of the church walls. Kids who completed Kindergarten through sixth grades were invited to take part in an exciting opportunity to worship and learn about the Bible, along with enjoying the water park. The idea behind holding such an event at a water park came from Senior Pastor Scott Crenshaw.
“It’s all Scott’s vision; he likes to think outside of the box,” Parker County resident, Barbara Stagner, said. “We are New River, and we love to do things with a twist,” NR Gen Administrative Assistant, Kim Brewer, added. An estimated 155 volunteers helped guide and lead around 500 kids the first night and 550 kids on Tuesday night. Attendee Melinda Hayley called having Vacation Bible School at Splash Kingdom, “a great inspiration.”
She continued to say that, “I’ve heard no kids say that they aren’t having a good time. This is a good way to get new kids involved.” The goal behind such an event is to “bring the kids out and teach them about Jesus,” Stagner said. Along with teaching kids about Jesus and the Bible, kids are also encouraged to bring canned goods to donate. At of the end of the night on Tuesday, the boys had collected 449 goods, while the girls collected 237. All food donations will be going to help the Center of Hope in Weatherford.
As the kids entered the park, they were split up between different grade groups. After that, worship was led by the NR Gen worship team, which kept the kids involved by adding motions to the songs being sung. Following a few brief announcements, kids were then given directions and released to the different stations around the park. These stations included the wave pool, where kids would hear leaders teach from the Bible before enjoying the waves. All slides, the Gold Rush Falls, Wagon Trail Springs, and Lazy River were open as stations for the kids to use. NR Kids Director, Jimren Fuller, taught lessons from different Bible stories, including Jonah and Gideon, with the memory verse being Matthew 19:26.
Kim Brewer said, “We have kids recite the memory verse before they go down the slides.” Kids left the water park with Biblical teaching and memories of enjoying the different areas of the park with friends, along with making new friends. The Splash Kingdom community was grateful to open their doors to such an event at their water park.
General Manager Mark Creffield stated that, “This was a wonderful opportunity to host Vacation Bible School; we couldn’t be happier.” When asked if events like this would take place in the future, Creffield stated, “Absolutely, they’re always welcome.”
“This has been such hard work to put together, but we are thankful for all of the 155 volunteers that literally came out of the woodwork to serve. It has been so great to see everyone come together to provide this for all of these kids,” Brewer added.
Splash Kingdom would like to invite everyone to the Parker County Momma End of School Splash Bash. This will be taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5. Tickets for this event can be pre-purchased for $10 each, or $14 at the door. Season Passes will also be on sale on June 4 and 5 for $79 each plus tax. For more information, please visit www.parkercountymama.com or www.splashkingdomwaterpark.com. Come celebrate with Splash Kingdom as they celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.