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Pirates in the Park

Kim Doose

It’s a good thing Pirates aren’t afraid of rain.

All hands were on deck at 8:30 Saturday morning at Two Rivers Park, where Trinity Baptist Church set sail for a day of vacation Bible Camp.

The annual event is geared as an outreach to local families and is a way for kids to meet new friends.

“It’s a fun way to introduce God to kids.” said Lem Harr, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.

This year the event coincided with Disney’s new movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” released last Friday.

Harr, along with a group of volunteers took familiar themes from the movie such as seeking riches and stealing and used them to teach the kids about spiritual life principles.

They also designed an elaborate set in the park’s pavilion that included a gigantic plywood ship and cannons.

Costumes and props included pirate hats, belts and bags of loot.

“It’s definitely worth it,” Harr said of the intense work volunteers put into designing a Bible curriculum around a Hollywood movie.

Games and activities that included races and treasure hunts focused on principles of faith, patience and perseverance.

And in the end, it appeared that the gospel and Pirates do share a common trait.

“Pirates never get old.” Harr said.


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