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VBS at O’Fallon First UMC hosts special BMX event

Jake Wheeler soars through the air. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Kimberly Bennett)

By Kimberly Bennett

Campers at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School got to watch professional BMX stunt riders perform a special show. 

The theme of VBS at O’Fallon First UMC, which ran from July 30 through August 3, was “AMPED! Live Fully Alive” where children from preschool to fifth grade were taught about the abundant life found in Jesus Christ, and they discovered different ways to live life to the fullest through Him.

As a special treat, Jennifer Russell, the new director of Children’s Ministry at O’Fallon First UMC coordinated with STL Sprockets, a BMX Bicycle Stunt team in St. Louis, to visit the church on Thursday, Aug. 2nd, and show off their cool bike tricks for the children to enjoy. 

Wayne Imboden prepares to jump over a camper.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Kimberly Bennett)

Between stunts, both professional BMX cyclists – Jake Wheeler and Wayne Imboden – heavily emphasized the importance of safety while riding. They encouraged children to live a fully AMPED life and did not discourage them from being future BMX stunt artists if that is what they want to do when they’re older. Both Jake and Wayne made some serious air during their flips over the ramps and even jumped over a few young volunteers, shocking many of the little ones. 

Though the heat was tremendous and the humidity was thick, the weather certainly did not cause the crowd to shy away nor the cyclists from having fun and living their afternoon to the fullest.