Manley Baptist VBS honors essential workers

Wade Littleton\Citizen Tribune

Children at Manley Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School hold boxes made for essential workers on Wednesday evening. In the background are cranes from Rock Solid.

This year’s virtual Vacation Bible School at Manley Baptist Church centered on a groups sometimes taken for granted until recently.

Essential workers.

From police, fire and first responders to doctors, nurses, utility workers and more, this VBS was designed with these people in mind.

Johnnie Howard and Donna Knight work with the children’s ministries at Manley Baptist Church.

“This is our missions project,” Howard said. “The kids took a kit home. We collected funds during the week to buy goodies for the essential workers. We are making messages on the (asphalt in front of the church) then we will have a flyover.”

A box of snacks and bottles of water will be taken by each family attending the VBS to various essential workers in Morristown. Locations include Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the Morristown Fire Department, according to Howard.

Each box also has a note thanking the workers for all they do to keep the community safe and a reference to Philippians 1:3: “I will give thanks to God for every remembrance of you.”

Since the virtual VBS theme was “Concrete and Cranes,” Rock Solid brought two of their cranes to put on display.

“We just want to thank the community and the workers in the community,” Knight said. “We’ve got boxes of treats ready to take to these workers. We invited families to come by and say thank you and go from there.”

No matter the outlook, the essential workers will help get the community through the pandemic.