Once-dowdy vacation Bible schools go slick and high-tech
Vacation Bible school, once a homestyle tradition, has become big business, with families helping to foot the bill through registration fees and donations. A handful of Christian publishers provide the curriculum, thereby setting the summertime agenda for millions of elementary-age kids at thousands of churches nationwide.
At Mountain Brook Community Church, volunteer John Byrd pulls on a black wig, puts on a long white coat and gyrates at the front of the chapel for his role as a professor in this year‚Äôs ‚ÄúPower Lab‚ÄĚ VBS, a curriculum produced by the Colorado-based Group Publishing Inc.
Jumping around with a keyboard slung around his neck, he lip syncs a song with about the power of Jesus - the most powerful thing there is, the lyrics say....