Bible brought to life for B.G. Christian Academy students PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Friday, 29 March 2013 08:21
Terry Robinson, as Peter, speaks to students about Passover. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green Christian Academy was transformed into a biblical world as the staff and students used the day to reflect on Jesus on the last school day before the Easter break.
This is the third year for the special "Bible Day" and both staff and students dressed up as biblical figures.
"It's a really great day," said Wendy Cuckler, principal of BGCA. "It's really fun for everyone."
Beyond the fun, it is educational and ties in with their religion curriculum. The students in kindergarten through fifth grade move through various half-hour sessions throughout the day.
"The kids really look forward to this after a long winter," Cuckler added.
Laurel Bruhl, a fifth-grade student from Bowling Green agreed. "It's fun and a good opportunity for kids to learn about the Bible as they move around," she said.
Dressed as Joseph, because Laurel said she likes to carve as did Joseph, said she learned a lot about schools back in those days.
She said one of the things she learned was that the Jewish students "had to memorize the entire Bible."
Laurel said she had the most fun at the ancient toys and games station.
Among those games were chariot races with blankets pulled on the gymnasium floor substituted for chariots; pebble toss and Roman soldier drill, a slingshot station, a clay modeling station, and horseback tug of war.
There was another session on the Passover meal, which was the favorite of fourth-grade student Matthew Fyfe, who says his Portage home is very close to Bowling Green.
"I have to say it was all very interesting, especially the part about the Passover. The food was different. There is some interesting tastes, very interesting," Matthew said.
He was dressed as King Joash, an ancient king of Judea.
He chose that king because said that Joash became king at the age of 7. Matthew also said, "He rebuilt the temple before Josiah."
Cale Green (at right) leads his team in a game of tug-of-war representing the ancient game called Horseback tug-of-war.
One of the things he said he learned was that Hannah was the servant at the Passover meal. One valuable lesson overheard at that session reminded the young students that God never promised that "life will be easy."
Judy Bowlus, a third-grade teacher, introduced the special day to BGCA after she had participated in a similar program where she had previously taught.
"It's a marvelous way to spend Holy Week," she said. "It focuses on our curriculum as the students are learning about Jesus. This is a great way to celebrate Easter."
In addition to the youth, members of the upper classes at the academy also participate. Some of them participated in the drama, including writing some of the dialogue.
That drama featured biblical figures including Moses. One segment reenacted the appearance of God to Moses in the burning bush. The older students also assisted as classroom helpers.
Other stations included one where the youth learned about "Bugs in the Bible." The session fully integrated fun into the presentation with the leaders focused on making the children laugh throughout the lesson. One craft area allowed the students to make clay oil lamps and crosses. The Upper Room session incorporated the bread, wine and water for washing of the feet much like Jesus did at the last supper.
There was also a rabbi on hand who taught about the Torah, what Christians call the Old Testament. He also shared about prayer shawls and other Jewish customs.
Bowlus says the students at all levels are encouraged to enter into a lot of thought and to get hands-on activities.
"It's a fun day but we're all learning a lot," the teacher added.
Cuckler noting, "It really makes the Bible come alive for the children."
Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2013 08:29

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