They call her Sally, and she’s no ordinary goat.
With her posh, oversized orange sunglasses and gentle manner, the kids at the Cecil Alliance Church liken her to a “rock star.”
Sally made a special appearance at the church last week in the midst of preparations being made for an upcoming program that will help those youngsters purchase goats for families in other countries.
During Backstage with the Bible, the church’s week-long vacation bible school program, children will participate in all the games, crafts, music and fun typically associated with a summer-church program.
But this year, kids also will be asked to save part of their allowances or do extra chores around the house for the week to earn money to help purchase goats for families in need.
Children who attend the summer program will learn how goats can provide families with milk, cheese and yogurt and generate greatly needed income by producing offspring and extra dairy products for families to sell at their local markets. Goats will be purchased through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.
Cecil Alliance’s Backstage with the Bible program is based on a Christian rock ‘n’ roll theme with music videos featuring the Go Fish Guys—a nationally acclaimed Christian band that describes its work as “making great music for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers.”
And Debbie Melone Hanes said they hope the musical approach will help “pull the kids in.”
“That’s what we want to do is appeal to the kids,” Hanes, who helps plan the program, said. “It shows Christ can be fun.”
After walking a red-carpet entrance to the church, kids who attend the program will receive a backstage pass that gives them special access to a behind-the-scenes look at what actually happens backstage during a Go Fish concert.
In keeping with the rock ‘n’ roll theme, Sally will attend the program each night donning her “unique celebrity eyewear and other accessories to remind kids of the goat project.”
As added incentive, Jim Weaver, a teacher in the program, has agreed to kiss Sally at the end of the week if the kids reach their collective goal.
“Backstage with the Bible” will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 11 – 15 and is open to all children age 4 through grade six at no charge. The church is located at 3291 Reissing Road off Route 50 in Cecil Township.
The church asks those interested to RSVP by Monday. To register, call 412-221-4177 or visit www.cecilcma.org. Cecil Alliance Church VBS is also on Facebook, where additional photos of Sally and friends can be found.