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First Baptist Church hosts celebration with stunt show
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A member of the Real Encounter ministry does a BMX bike stunt at the event on Sunday. - photo by Rio White

The First Baptist Church of Dawsonville hosted its Vacation Bible School kick-off event on Sunday, June 5, complete with inflatables, a petting zoo, bluegrass music and a stunt show featuring a motorcycle and BMX bikes.

Put together by Pastor of Worship and Senior Adults James Dollar, the event was open to the public and  served both current church members and people new to the community who may be looking for a local congregation. 

“We wanted to give a gift for the community,” Dollar said. “We want them to come out, enjoy it and have a good time.”

Dollar also helped bring the stunt show group Real Encounter, a group that works with churches to help spread the Christian message.

While the first half of Sunday’s event was filled with the sounds of children having fun on the inflatables and at the petting zoo, soon the sound of Brad Bennett’s motorcycle helped bring the crowds over to the stunt setup.

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Brad Bennett performs a motorcycle stunt at the event on Sunday. - photo by Rio White

Bennett opened up the stunt presentations with motorcycle tricks that included balancing acts on both the front and back wheel as well as tight turns that put him inches away from awestruck kids. 

He then proceeded to try stunts on top of a car as well as special stunts with Lead Pastor Dustin Gillespie. 

Relying on Gillespie’s trust — and nerves — Bennett performed several tricks that put the pastor at the center of the program. 

After that, two other members of Real Encounter performed ramp stunts on BMX bikes. Several different kinds of tricks were done, including some that involved going upside down and others that involved no hands. 

At the end of the program, Bennett spoke to the audience about his background in stunt riding and how it tied into his group’s role in religious outreach. 

For pastor Gillespie, the event epitomized his vision of the church as a place where the community has priority.

“To get people to come to campus to see that we are a church that cares about our community and that our doors are open means a lot,” Gillespie said. “We have an open relationship with our community, and we want to communicate that.”