Faith in the Summer: Edmond church offers vacation Bible school with a special touch

Summit United Methodist Church, a congregation meeting Sundays at an Edmond middle school, recently offered the “I Am a Masterpiece” vacation Bible school, which was created with children with special needs in mind.
by Carla Hinton Published: August 9, 2014

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

— Ephesians 2:10

A relatively new United Methodist congregation recently held a vacation Bible school created for children with special needs.

The Bible school, held July 28-30, was the third summer event for children offered by Summit United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Allen Buck, senior pastor, said he founded Summit two years ago, and the congregation meets on Sunday mornings at Cimarron Middle School, 3701 S Bryant.

Buck said his wife, Erin, is the church’s children’s ministry leader and a special-education teacher at Edmond’s Sequoyah Middle School. She came up with the idea for the vacation Bible school, with input from church members who have children with special needs.

Erin Buck said she and several members of the congregation thought the vacation Bible school would be well received because there aren’t many similar events and activities being offered locally. She said the Bible school for children ages 4 to 16 was primarily promoted through Facebook and word-of-mouth, and about 30 children attended each night, which she considered a nice crowd.

The event theme, “I Am a Masterpiece,” based on Ephesians 2:10, was considered an appropriate way to capture the spirit of activities that emphasized diversity and inclusion.

“All children were created by God, and all children are amazing. We just wanted to celebrate our differences,” she said.

Erin Buck said Bible school participants included children with special needs such as those with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their siblings. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The event also included youths and their parents who were simply interested in being part of the faith effort.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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If you go

Summit United Methodist Church

When: 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

Where: Cimarron Middle School, 3701 S Bryant, Edmond.

Information: www.summitok.org.

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