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July 12, 2019

Bible schoolers’ generosity gets their pastors “slimed”

Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Slime pours onto Pastor Tim Tate and Associate Pastor Carl Chapman on Friday at the conclusion of vacation Bible school at Warrenton United Methodist Church.
Students and parents gathered for the school supply challenge payoff.
The clergymen make good on their pledge.
Warrenton United Methodist Church’s pastors got slimed Friday afternoon.

Pastor Tim Tate and Associate Pastor Carl Chapman challenged the church’s vacation Bible school participants to donate school supplies for needy students.

If the children filled a bus, the clergymen promised they would stand still as buckets of green slop sloshed over them.

On Thursday and Friday, the final days of Bible school, the youngsters came through, filling the seats of a Fauquier County Public Schools bus with backpacks, notebooks, markers, crayons, glue, paper, pencils and other supplies.

As the 150 youngsters and many of their parents watched in the church parking lot, Mr. Tate and Mr. Chapman made good on their promises just after noon Friday — each taking a bucket of Jello-based “slime” to his his head from above.

“Some of the supplies will go to Fauquier FISH,” said Terri Shaw, a church member who helped organize the drive. “The rest, we’ll probably give to individual schools.”

The week-long Bible school, with “Safari” as its theme, had the greatest number of participants in years, Mrs. Shaw said.
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