BATAVIA — Today’s Vacation Bible School session at Batavia First United Methodist Church had a couple of special guests — Isaac and Izzy — as a summer program to teach kids about Noah’s Ark.

Rather than having a goat outside for the kids to look at and pet, Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator Sandy Trimmer said, she brought Isaac and Izzy, two guinea pigs belonging to her and her daughter, for the morning session.

“We have a lot of families who have goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits. We’re going to have them share them,” Trimmer said.

The church had its first Noah’s Arc Summer Program July 11. The program will take place at Vacation Bible School from 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. The last day of the program will be Sept. 5.

“Last week, we had blocks and we tried to build an Ark,” Trimmer said. “This week, we’re going to build birdhouses. I’m trying to give them a feel for how Noah felt when he built the Ark.”

Also this morning, the Batavia First United Methodist Church service included performances by GloryWay Quartet, founded in Mansfield, Ohio by Justin Crank. The other members performing during the service were Bryan Langley, John Cole and Mike Allen.

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