OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Can vacation bible school be fun, loud, playful, and serious all at the same time? If you're familiar with Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs, the answer is a definitive yes.
Extreme week starts the same every night: A long line of parents and children waiting to come in. Time to register, and head to the gym. The fun starts in line with the next stop, the auditorium
Excitement builds for a good reason, according to Dustin Boles, the pastor at Mosaic Church.
"We tell kids we don't want you to sit down and be quiet; we want you to stand up and be counted. We think kids can have a relationship with God and we set them free to have that here," Boles said.
Drums pound out a steady rhythm as volunteers make sure things go smoothly. Gina Woods is one of them.
"This is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community and to be involved in the lives of children and touch families. Mosaic Church is all about family, and that's why I'm here," Woods explained.
Entertainment is a key ingredient here. But so are quiet moments of reflection. The kids love it. Just ask Whitney Lewis.
"We do lots of songs to worship and we do different songs every day. And then there's this little skit and a lot of people get together and they do this little play on stage," Lewis said.
More skits and more accolades from the students, such as Nicelle Hebert.
"I like extreme week because of all the songs we do and the snacks. I like that you get to play games when you're waiting for other stuff," Hebert explained.
No doubt about it, Extreme Week is very loud, it's very fun, and the kids are having a ball while learning about the Gospel. And it's something that parents have come to trust as well.
Lee Drummond has a child attending Extreme Week.
"It brings the community closer together. I love the praise and worship they have, and they teach the kids about God, and I really enjoy the atmosphere," Drummond said.
That atmosphere guarantees a great time, and an even greater appreciation for the teachings of the bible.
This is the fifth year Mosaic Church has hosted extreme week, which caters to children from kindergarten through the 5th grades. It's actually held at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary school because of the large crowds.