The excitement in the air was palpable as family and friends lined the hallways of F.H. Jenkins Preparatory School waiting to be let into this year’s Bible Expo. The scholars might have been even more excited as they eagerly looked forward to presenting in the magnificently decorated gymnasium. The Bible Expo, the brainchild of the school’s second-grade teacher, Shelley Pelote, is always incredible, but this one would be the first Bible Wax Museum, and everyone involved was thrilled.
As the guests walked into the gym, the décor immediately caught their attention. A large Holy Bible took center stage. John 1:1 was etched on its pages reminding everyone of the meaning behind the theme: “‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word Bible Expo: The Living Word was God.’ Jesus is the Living Word!”
A Bible-time marketplace, complete with hay, animals, and draperies, served scrumptious lentil soup, hummus, pita bread, and fruit.
However, the highlight of the evening was the kindergarten through eighth-grade Bible-costumed “wax statues” that came alive at each greeting of “hello” to tell their unique stories.
Beginning with Genesis, participants were able to walk through the Bible and hear the stories told in first person. Many guests commented on the beautiful, well-researched projects that the scholars showcased. They were especially blown away by how articulate the scholars were — some of them only 5 years old — as they fearlessly gave their presentations.
What a way for Bible Expo to return after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. It was truly an incredible night.
F.H. Jenkins Prep was founded in 1909 and serves the greater Nashville, Tenn., area preparing purposeful, forward-thinking academic scholars for excellence to have an indelible impact on their communities and the world.
South Central | May 2023