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Treasure seekers invade First United Methodist

By By Matthew Nascone
This year First United Methodist Church decided to change things up a little with their Vacation Bible School classes. VBS director Suzanne Barnett said this year's classes were offered to people ages one month to 101.
"This year we offered an adult VBS class to anyone in the community who wanted to learn about the different promises from God," Barnett said. "The adults are following the same lesson plan as the children are."
Barnett said the reason for offering an adult class came from a strong desire she has always had.
"I felt strongly about Bible school, but I always wondered why it stops at fifth or sixth grade," she said. "That is why we made this year's classes a church wide activity with everyone getting involved."
The turnout was great, as the VBS classes averaged 47 children and 30 adults per night.
Having classes open to everyone, no matter what age boded well for some of the parents at First United. Frank Faust is one of those parents.
"It is a good thing they have going here with the adult class because instead of going home after dropping my daughter off, I can come in here and stay the entire time," Faust said.
The adult VBS classes also saw Atmore's mayor, Howard Shell, get involved.
"I think we have had an excellent time learning with Cindy (Still)," Shell said. "She is very creative in challenging us in a very encouraging way. And she has made it fun along the way."