Be ‘Transformed’ by Southern Hills VBS Movie

By LORETTA FULTON

Vacation Bible School already was unique at Southern Hills Church Christ, so children’s minister Holly Racca wasn’t thrown for a loop when the coronavirus interrupted this summer’s plans–even if it was her first year to be in charge.

Several years ago, under the leadership of Ryan Maloney, former children and family minister at Southern Hills, the church opted for a musical VBS experience, with a new act of the locally produced musical being presented each of three consecutive nights. The seventh annual production, “Joseph: Called,” was staged in July 2019. The eighth annual production would have been held this July if the word “coronavirus” hadn’t crept into our language and ruined a lot of activities.

But Jarrod Robinson, minister at Southern Hills, and Racca weren’t going to be deterred. The show would go on, even if in a different format. Instead of three nights of live productions, a one-night movie will be shown July 29 at Town and Country Drive-In. The show, which is free to the public, will begin 9 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m.

Church members staged the show, “Transformed,” and it was filmed by a professional company, Film Mavericks.

“Wear your pajamas and be ready to stay up late to see how we have reformatted this year’s musical to be produced entirely on video!” a promotional blurb on the church website says.

What: “Transformed”
When: July 29
Where: Town and Country Drive-in
Cost: Free
Details: Southern Hills Church oif Christ is sponsoring the locally produced film free of charge as its Vacation Bible School alternative. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie begins at 9. Bring a lawn chair or watch from your car.
Registration: Register free at sohillschurch.org/VBS

Anyone who wants to attend is asked to register at sohillschurch.org/VBS so the church will know how many cars to expect at the drive in. Registration is free, and open to all ages. Popcorn will be provided by the church.

The film focuses on the stories of Jonah, Miriam, and Paul. All of it was filmed in Abilene and directed by Kim Hardin with music and lyrics by Chris and April Brannan. The church’s website explains the theme:

“How did God take a reluctant teacher and an evil city and transform both for his purpose? Who would have thought a Mom and Daughter’s desperate faith would transform the lives of a whole group of people? Is God’s truth and love big enough to transform a murderer into one of his most devoted followers?

In normal years, Southern Hills Church of Christ hosts other VBS activities in addition to the musical. Stations are set up for families to tour to see what life was like in Jesus’ time and traditional arts and crafts are provided. That format is expected to return once the coronavirus no longer is disrupting normal routines.

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