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Fundraising dinner held for church-involved education

An elegant evening out, for a great cause. Photo by Rick Tobin

Psalm 78:4: “We will not hide them from their children. We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might, and the wonders he has done.” This was the inspirational theme at a fundraising dinner for Colleton County School Time Bible Education at Grace Advent Christian Church Thursday evening.

The goal was to collect $5,000 per-semester for the program. Grace Advent Pastor Wayne Lucas said Tuesday that, although the final tally is not yet complete, he thinks the funding from the dinner either met or exceeded this goal.

Elaine Saxon said of the religious-based educational program. “School Time Bible was first introduced in 1996. Since this ministry was brought to our state, over 30,000 students have taken weekly School Time Bible classes.

More than 70 schools and more than 20 school districts now have at least one program. In 2011, we joined the mission as Colleton County School Time Bible Education. Our mission in Colleton County started with 12 students and one church. In 2012, 60 students attended classes with members from six churches volunteering their services.”

She continued, “Our mission at Colleton County School Time Bible Education (CCSTBE) is to provide off-campus Biblical teaching during the school day as an outlet for public school students to deal with life issues in the context of God’s standards. It provides a haven for children during the school day to be nurtured, encouraged, and guided in the many choices they face. It offers hope and meaning to life itself by focusing students on their creator and their purpose on earth. CCSTBE strengthens family relations, friendships, work ethics, and study habits by teaching that all our endeavors are to be to the Glory of God.”

“Colleton County School Time Bible Education is a time set aside during the school day when student with parental permission may leave school to attend off-campus Bible classes. Classes are held at a nearby church or non-school building. Middle school students participate weekly by attending one class per-week during an activity period. Our future goals are to also reach out to elementary and high school students. High school students have already been approved by the (Colleton County) School Board to earn elective credits.”

  Participating students have voiced positive comments about the program. Reasons students like the program include comments such as: “I learned about Adam, Eve, and a lot of other creations of God and the Bible;” “I get to leave my stressful day at school and come to be reminded about how Jesus cares for me;” and “I like going to it because it will bring you closer to God, and sometime your friends.”

Students said they would recommend School Time Bible Class because: “Some kids aren’t saved, and it’s fun;” “It’s a great class and I believe some people were saved because of this class;” “They can grow spiritually and grow in faith;” and “They would like it because I like it.”

Churches affiliated with the program included: Canaan Baptist Church, Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, Edgewood Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Walterboro, Grace Advent Christian Church, North Walterboro Baptist Church, and Saint Peters AME Church.

Friends of the Bible School Action Team included: Bishop’s Body Shop Mrs. David E. Burress Jr.; Enterprise Bank; First Baptist Church Prayer Group; Charles Nettles; Northside Pak A Sak; Judith and Archie Pier; Dorothy Pinckney; and Walterboro Motor Sales.

The dinner was catered by Olde House Café. The owners, Timmy and Donna Sumner, are members of Grace Advent Church.