FLORENCE, S.C. – The Rev. Dr. Reginald E. Lee has written a new curriculum about Christian leadership that will be used during the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School next week.

The Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday through Tuesday at Wallace Gregg Elementary School in Florence.

Lee is the pastor of the church, which is in the Mars Bluff community of Florence County. The curriculum will start in the Bible’s book of Exodus with the calling of Moses, and then continue through the whole story of the Exodus, Lee said. The curriculum will also explain how Jesus empowers leaders with the scripture Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

“But the twist is, we’re going to be talking about key historical figures in the Mars Bluff area, some black, some white, people who were instrumental in helping to end slavery and to help bring the races together in a way that makes sense,” Lee said.

Yes, the participants of the Vacation Bible School will talk about Moses and Jesus, but Lee said they will also talk about people who “lived, worked, served and died in the Mars Bluff community (and) made a difference.”

Lee said he wanted to create a new curriculum for this year’s Vacation Bible School because it is so easy to get one off a shelf that cannot be connected with the community in which it is being taught.

“Mars Bluff is a significant community. Holding the VBS in that school, Wallace Gregg – as you know, Wallace and Gregg were the two large plantation owners in that area,” Lee said. “And we have developed a relationship with the school over the years. So we just feel like to deny that part of black people’s exodus out of slavery, off of the plantation in Mars Bluff, will kind of do a historical disservice.”

Vacation Bible School is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. each of the three nights. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s lobby. There will be classes for all ages and dinner will be served.

Lee said everyone is invited to attend Vacation Bible School to study the word and fellowship. It is a “no-judgement zone,” he said.

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