For the last seven years, vacation Bible School at the New Galilee Christian Church has been decorated by member Norma Guyot.
Norma Guyot poses with one of her creations.
For the last seven years, Norma Guyot has designed and created colorful and whimsical props and backdrops for the New Galilee Christian Church’s Vacation Bible School, but she insists that it’s been a team effort, “I got a friend of mine, Dianne Chumbler involved and my husband, Pat, helps, and my daughter, Lydia, is very artistic, and she helps as well. My son, Nick, helps some, and Steve Carden has been very involved. Our minister, Brian Diel is a driving force for all missions in our church. Also my brother, Jeff Damron does a lot of carpentry when it comes to drive thru nativity and VBS.”
Guyot started as the codirector of the New Galilee Christian Church’s VBS, then directed for five years, handing the reigns to Cindy Stannick for the last two years so she can concentrate on her passion, decorating for the event. “The past two years, because my kids are so involved in stuff, graduating, getting married, we decided that [Stannick] would do the directing, and I could focus on the decorating, which is what I love.”
Guyot has always had an interest in and talent for art. “I’ve always loved anything artsy,” said Guyot. “This is my art. I use my talent anyway I can, because I think that’s what God gave it to me for. It’s been a blessing.” Guyot has also used her artistic talents, for the last 27 years, at Creech Brothers’ Truck Lines, making posters and drawings around the office. “I love it there. I like the people. It’s a good, Christian company.”
Guyot doesn’t foresee any end in sight to her duties at the VBS. This years, she’s also in charge of the “Spotlight Video.” She explains, “It’s a really cool thing. Throughout each night of VBS, I go around and take pictures of the kids. At the end of the week, I have a five-day PowerPoint presentation that the kids get to watch. They get to see themselves up on stage.”
And for Guyot, it’s all about the children. “To see the kids’ faces when they come in and see the decorations; that’s what it’s really all about. I can remember starting from my first year, and people were like, ‘Why do you spend so much time out there? Why can’t you just put a poster up and that be it?’ Because when these kids come in, and they go “wow!” that’s really cool.”