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Dorseyville Alliance Church aims to help children understand God during Bible school

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for Trib Total Media
Children at Dorseyville Alliance Church bible camp work on their spy kits.

Becky Scheid wears a decoder ring and carries a magnifying glass as a member of the Truth Force Spy Academy.

Last week, she helped students at Dorseyville Alliance Church become “agents for the one, true God,” Scheid said.

As director of vacation Bible school, Scheid hosted a four-day spy camp, where local children played games, made crafts, sang songs and celebrated the idea of learning about the Lord.

“I just want them to get an understanding of who God is,” Scheid said. “Maybe they don't go to church, and they like what we do here, and they decide to join us.”

The Bible school is an annual event at Dorseyville Alliance, which is along Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township. Aimed at children ages 3 to 12, the program drew more than three dozen, many of whom were not members of the congregation, Scheid said.

“We want them to see that church is fun,” she said.

On the first night, students assembled cardboard spy cases to carry their gear of glasses, invisible-ink pens and fingerprint kits. They ran relay races, ate snacks and solved clues to uncover counterfeit gods. At the beginning of each day, they watched a skit performed by the teen youth group.

Jamie Crouse, 14, had a lead role in a skit as an undercover agent who reveals fraudulent leaders to the townspeople.

As a longtime member of the church, Crouse was eager to volunteer as a mentor this year.

“I always looked forward to it every year,” she said. “I love working with the children and hopefully teaching them about God.”

Dorseyville Alliance hosts a variety of programs to educate and entertain children.

There is a section of the service each week dedicated to children's prayer before they are escorted to the social hall for a lesson geared toward different age groups.

Melanie Roth, 8, attended vacation Bible school for the second year. The games are her favorite part, she said.

“We learn that some people don't believe in God, and they should read the Bible,” she said. “We get to make trail mix too.”

Haylee Stringer, 12, has been attending the program since she was a toddler. She already is looking forward to next year, when she is old enough to volunteer with the youth group.

“It's always fun,” she said. “It's a good experience, and it's not always about the Bible. It's about learning.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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