By Greta Connor, Director of Children and Family Ministry
We are so grateful that we could resume the VBS tradition after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Our VBS was small but mighty this year. With 17 campers, ranging in age from kindergarten–4th grade, and three high school volunteers. The smaller group allowed us to connect with each other in a meaningful way. As Children’s Ministry leaders, we treasure the time to get to know each child outside of the busy school year schedule.
Each afternoon we would begin in the hallowed space, the Schmidt Chapel, for a story related to creation. Daily themes included “God tends to Earth” and “God’s Kingdom is like a Seed.” There were plenty of questions as we wondered about why rivers are important and what God’s kingdom is like. Following the story, Assistant Director of Rejoice and Bell Choirs Ryan Belongie, led everyone in song. We were able to learn two new songs during the week. Parents reported campers still singing the songs well into the evening! Thanks to Ryan for sharing his gift of music and for teaching us such catchy (and meaningful) tunes.
In keeping with the Great Big Beautiful World theme, VBS campers enjoyed the “beautiful world” of the Robinson Garden. This lovely sanctuary was the perfect play space for afternoon games. For many campers the games are the highlight of each day. Steal the Forbidden Fruit (a.k.a. Steal the Bacon) and Seed Tag were amongst the favorites. The weather (some hot days!) reminded us that summer is here!
Many thanks to Honor Dold for planning VBS this year to fulfill her Gold Award project requirement! We’re grateful to Clare Nahrwold, Bronwyn Wood, and Caroline Hague for volunteering their time and talents. It is a joy to see the youth from our church community engage with their younger counterparts. We are thankful to all the families who found time for VBS this year. We are blessed to have spent time with your children!