In the middle of June, the Children and Family Ministry team hosted its annual Vacation Bible School program. Over 90 children spent the week discovering how they can still trust in Jesus and follow him through all the “twists and turns” of life! Every day kicked off with a celebration of singing and dancing to some really catchy VBS songs. Different members of the clergy presented the day’s Bible story, guiding the children through the life of Peter, from when Jesus called him, to Peter denying Jesus, to finally when Peter began to preach boldly about Jesus to all.
Along with hearing the Bible stories, the children made crafts inspired by the stories, played games with their friends, and danced and sang to even more songs with lessons taken from each day’s story. During their time at VBS, children also assembled jars of “Friendship Soup” mix (a nutritious and filling soup once prepared) and decorated them with reminders of Jesus’ love and care for all people. Together, the children assembled over 125 jars of Friendship Soup! These jars will be shared with the community through the ministry of Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry, a local food pantry that provides meals to those experiencing food insecurity.
Whether it was through music, art, games, or service, this year’s VBS program is sure to have made memories that will be remembered for years to come. And wrapped up in all the fun was the message that when we choose to follow Jesus, everything changes!
**This article was written by Madelyn Ivy and was featured in the 2023 Fall Archangel.