Norris Fellowship to host virtual VBS

(Reprinted from the Norris Bulletin)

In the South, it just would not seem like summer without Vacation Bible School and Norris is no exception. The problem is that with all the safety procedure needed today, meeting in-person is difficult and not suggested. So, Norris Religious Fellowship is proud to offer to the children of Norris a SAFE option – Virtual Vacation Bible School.

Starting on Wednesday, July 8 and on every Wednesday to follow throughout the month of July – 15, 22, & 29, there will be two online classes using a Zoom classroom. Covering materials called “Friends of Jesus”, there will be Bible stories, games, activities, crafts and service projects led by Susan Burgess-Parrish, interim co-pastor at NRF, and Alison Greenhouse, Teacher from Norris Elementary. The classes will last approximately 90 minutes each and will be divided into age-graded sections.

Those who have completed grades 1 -3 will meet at 10am.

Those who have completed grades 4 – 6 will meet at 2pm.

There is no cost to participate and prior to the sessions, materials will be distributed to all participants. The only necessity is that the child have access to a computer with a camera and good internet service available. To insure the safety of the children, the log-in details will be distributed private-ly and will contain a password as well. Adults may need to assist the child with logging in…though today, most children are better at technology than the adults. That said, this is a platform that will no be foreign to the children but will be a unique way to participate in Vacation Bible School.

In order to register for this fun activity, download the Registration Form on their website at www. Once it is filled out, you may scan it and email it to the Church Office at; you may mail it back to “Norris Religious Fellowship, PO Box 267, Norris, TN 37828”; or you may drop it off at the Church Office (23 Dogwood Road, Norris, TN 37828) at any time. If the office is not open, please place the form in the Wooden Drop Box located on the wall of the church, next to the double doors to the church across from the Church Office Building. Either way is fine, though we do need to receive the registrations by Thursday, July 2.

In these different days, we are eager to offer and participate in this new version of VBS and look forward to having children from across our town and region to participate. Help us spread the word!! For more information, please call 865-494-7131.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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