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Church hosts breakfast with a Bible character

KEESEVILLE Heavy rain is normally not perfect weather for a breakfast, unless your guest of honor is Noah. The Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene welcomed the Biblical character to its inaugural Breakfast with a Bible Character event May 31. Noah, played by George Fradenburg, joined the children for breakfast and later for a skit in which he conversed with the children and with God. The voice of God, came booming from behind a curtain, as the Biblical account of Noah and the ark was told with humor and engaging special effects added to hold the attention of young children. Teens hidden behind a curtain showered the audience with sprays of water during appropriate times in the story, and Noah frequently invited the children to participate. Many of the children were surprised to learn the animals did not all go on the ark two by two. It was only the unclean animals that went on two by two, Noah explained to them, while clean animals went on seven by seven. Noah also took the time to explain to them that a cubit was 18 inches and represented the distance between a mans elbow and his fingertips. Children enjoyed measuring the distance on their own arms to see how close their forearms were to a cubit. As the skit ended, a large rainbow appeared over Noahs head. What I want you to remember about this story, Fradenburg said, is that God is faithful and He keeps His promises, and our being obedient is very important to God. Prior to Fradenburgs skit, Cathy Craig helped children make a dove mobile and Kathy Santor led them in a lively game of Pin the Animal on the Ark. The event also included a song time led by childrens ministry director Kim Schafer. The program was the result of a brainstorming session between Schafer and Debbie Sovay. About six weeks ago, they shared ideas on how to expand their outreach to children. By the end of their session plans were well under way for the program they hope will be the first of many in a series of Saturday morning breakfast events. Both Schafer and Savoy felt the event was a success and are already planning a second event sometime in August. Our next Bible character will be Esther, said Savoy. For more information about childrens educational programs at the Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, call 834-9408.

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