BVAS Students Hold Church-in-a-Bus

June 20, 2017 | Melanie Lawson

“That was a top-notch performance.”

“The kids’ personalities really shine through their performances.”

“The programs get better every year and this was the best program yet!”

“The students were awesome! Great job.”

These were just a few of the comments made by church members following the Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) Church-in-a-Bus performance on May 6, 2017. 

Contrary to popular belief, Church-in-a-Bus does not actually involve a bus. It's a concept developed three years ago by Troy Haagenson, Cloverdale Church pastor. A concept established as a way to promote the school, give back to the church family and get the students involved in area churches. 

Part of what makes the program so impressive is the entire church service is student-led, from the prelude to the postlude. Praise groups are assembled, Scripture is memorized, skits are organized, choirs perform, and even the sermonette is delivered by one of the student body. “Church-in-a-Bus provides an opportunity for our young people to lead in every aspect of worship while highlighting the spiritual influence of our school among our larger church family,” notes Haagenson.

“This is a great opportunity to make a strong, positive connection between the church and school by sharing God-given talents. The church family sees the fruits of God’s spirit in the students,” adds Verna Reinbold, BVAS first- and second-grade teacher.

Church-in-a-Bus originally started with the Cloverdale Church and has grown to include elements of the church service at the Kuna Church as well. Staff hope to include even more churches in the future.

This program is becoming one of the most highly anticipated services and helps to ignite support for the school. “Generally, this is the highest-attended Sabbath of the year, with positive feedback from all who attend,” states Gerry Essink, BVAS school secretary. Many observe a renewing of the spirit when students witness for God.

This event has as much impact on the students as it does the congregation. It is a blessing to all who attend and something that will continue for many years.