Biloxi youth host VBS in Smithville

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

SMITHVILLE – A group of young people familiar with nature’s fury are planning a time of fun and learning for children in Smithville.
Friday and Saturday youth from Coalville United Methodist Church in Biloxi will conduct vacation Bible school.
The school is free and will be held at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Coalville youth say they understand some of what children in storm-stricken Northeast Mississippi are going through.
“Some of my friends lost their houses in Katrina, and that’s why I want to try and reach out and brighten someone’s life,” said 14-year-old Tiffany Talbot, who will teach singing and dance.
Organizers welcome children ages 3 to 13 from Smithville and the surrounding area, especially those whose churches were destroyed by the April 27 tornadoes.
“It’s about community and bringing neighbors together,” said Holly Gibbs, program director with Hands On Mississippi, the nonprofit that helped organize the event.
The theme for Bible school will be “Shake It Up Cafe,” and children can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities as well as lunch and two snacks each day.
The event will culminate with a closing ceremony and family dinner Saturday evening. For more information, call (228) 697-3714.
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or galen.holley@journalinc.com.