With Vacation Bible School only weeks away, Crossroads
Baptist Church hit the streets to publicize its upcoming VBS,
Regular Baptist Press’s Investigation Destination. “We are
looking forward to sharing the gospel with the children of
Tracy. In order to get the word out, we participate in the Tracy
Fourth of July Parade, handing out 1,700 frozen Otter Pops
and VBS postcards along the parade route,” says Susan Shimp
Heinrich, wife of Church Planter Timothy Heinrich.
After the parade, Crossroads members hit the streets again
for follow-up, canvassing neighborhoods near the parade route
and leaving postcards on doors. Canvassers were encouraged
after speaking to a woman and her son who told them Susan
was the third person from Crossroads to invite them to Vacation Bible School. “I’m already planning to preregister online,”
she told them. She even asked for more postcards to give out at
the preschool where she works.
Crossroads Baptist, Tracy, Calif., uses a parade to publicize its
Walnut Creek, California
Christians in Kenya receive Bibles purchased with funds from
First Baptist, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Earlier this year GARBC International Ministries provided
funds enabling Good Soil Baptist Churches International,
a partnering association in Bungoma, Kenya, to buy 70
Bibles for its churches. Now First Baptist Church in Walnut
Creek has provided funds for additional Bibles. Thanks to
the church’s gift, Good Soil Baptist Churches was able to
purchase 68 more Bibles. On the Sunday after the purchase,
Rev. Cyrus Wanyonyi Chefunea, director of the association,
asked leaders of 16 churches to gather at Mianguli Good Soil
Baptist Church, where they received the Bibles.
“Thank you so much,” Cyrus says. “You have made this hap-
Arlington Heights, Illinois
pen through your effort to share our need to others.”
He says the Bibles are helpful in the study of Sunday School
literature that the International Ministries has provided,
in discipleship, and in sharing the message of the gospel in
Muslim communities and other unreached people in Kenya
and around the world.
First Baptist Church was awarded first place for its entry
in Arlington Heights’ July 4th parade. The float was designed
and built by First Baptist teens and their friends under the
direction of youth group member Bailey Banger. The float
was styled after the 2013 Regular Baptist Press VBS theme,
Investigation Destination, and it featured puppets dressed like
spies climbing around a city skyline. The float placed first for
creativity among 113 entries in the non-commercial category.
First Baptist typically holds its VBS program the week
following the parade and uses it as an opportunity to hand out
VBS invitation cards and candy to people who line the route
sometimes five and six rows deep. At the end of the parade,
participants carpooled to the start of the parade in nearby
Rolling Meadows. There, a reserve of candy and invitations
was waiting to be handed out to more spectators.
First Baptist hands out VBS invitations to parade spectators.
Riverside Baptist Church held a “Rededication Sunday” to
consecrate their newly remodeled church sanctuary and, as
Pastor John A. Norris says, to dedicate “ourselves and our
church facilities for the purpose of bringing glory to God, liv-
ing and proclaiming God’s truth, and sharing the gospel and
blessing our community.”
Riverside Baptist began 105 years ago, started by people
burdened for a gospel-preaching church in the southeast, or
“river side,” of Decatur. Riverside Baptist was one of the earliest
churches to become a part of the GARBC, establishing official