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July 13, 2013

Grace Life Church: A safe Bible School

Not many churches have three pastors who are law enforcement officers. Not many Bible Schools can say at least two police officers will be on site at all times. But Grace Life Church in Pryor can and will.

Bible School begins July 14 and continues through July 17 at the church located at 110 E. Graham St., beginning at 9 a.m. until noon. Children 3 years old and up are invited and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

“One lady who called said her grandson had not been able to attend Bible School yet because none of them had classes for children so young,” said VBS Director Lilly Tucker.

“People are scared to death to take their kids anywhere,” said Derek Melton. He is the senior pastor at Grace Life and Pryor’s assistant chief of police. “This is an opportunity for kids in our community to do something safe, but our main objective is to teach kids about Jesus Christ. In my work with Thunderbird Youth Academy, I have met kids who have never been inside a church - who have never heard the name of God except in a curse word.

“We want to open the Bible in a way children can understand. We have a heart for outreach.”

Tucker said youth are invited to come any or all days. The program will be structured with adult team leaders and teen helpers. She said older kids are also welcome.

Jason Cummings, Claremore Police Officer and former Pryor Police Officer, is the associate pastor and Pryor Police Officer Tommy Parker is the young adult pastor. At least two of the pastors will be on site at Bible School each day.

The theme is “Kingdom Rock.” Snacks are included.

To register call 918-37301479 or visit

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