UNION — The children who attended Vacation Bible School at Augsburg Lutheran Church went on a week-long adventure to discover how God works in us and through us.
Videos And Puppets
Videos and puppet skits began each day. The videos featured Carter and Jeff, two close friends who went to camp where they faced real problems and learned how to solve them.
The puppets were Chester the Squirrel who at Nutty Hollow with the help of Granny the Camp Counselor learned to use courage, wisdom and faith in his daily scampering. Debbie Buchanan, Maisie Fisher, and Kim Kalb were the puppeteers.
Jesus Gives Me
Daily core ideas were presented in “take-home points” centered around a specific biblical figure. Take-home points began with “Jesus gives me — .” The take-home points were:
• “Jesus gives me Courage” which was shown in the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-51).
• “Jesus gives me Wisdom” which was shown in the story of Deborah, the only female Judge of ancient Israel (Judges 4:1-5:31).
• “Jesus gives me Faith” which was shown in the story of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52).
• “Jesus’ Love to Share” which was shown in the story of Ananias’ visit to Saul, who became Paul, one of Jesus’ greatest disciples.
Presenting the stories were Jerri Sanders, Pat Marks, and Tammy Fisher.
Tic-tac-toe boards with stones for game pieces; Deborah stand-up figures; luminaries to illustrate seeing light; and grass heads to share Jesus’ love were the crafts the children enjoyed making.
Craft helpers were Susan Dietz, Lois Merchant, Sharon Rupp, Tammy and Maisie Fisher, Pat Marks, Katrina Ray, Kelly Dietz, and Charles Warner.
Music, led by Debbie Buchanan, was active and meaningful and helped reinforce the take-home points. Besides new songs like “Big, Bold, Powerful God” and “Camp Discovery,” each daily Bible verse was also set to music.
Nutritious and delicious “camp” meals were planned and prepared by Kim Kalb. They included campfire hobo packs, chicken on a stick, hot dogs, s’mores, ice cream, sundae bars, and and plenty of fresh fruit like watermelon, pineapple, and strawberries.
Heartland of Union
Our final day was spent with the residents of Heartland of Union. Gabriel Dietz told about the week, and the children entertained with songs they had learned. The traditional balloon launch was held, and as usual, the balloons contained wildflower seeds wrapped in a final Bible verse, “We love because He first loved us.”
Special thanks goes to our volunteers: Debbie Buchanan, Susan Dietz, Kim Kalb, Tammy Fisher, Maisie Fisher, Lois Merchant, Sharon Rupp, Pat Marks, June Gregory, Brandon Daday, and Jamie Kalb.
Finally, a huge Thank You goes to Murphy’s Florist, who can always be counted on to prepare our balloons; to Rent-A-Center for providing a big screen TV; and to both Sav-A-Lot and Bi-Lo for their great food donations. All of these very generous businesses helped to make our Vacation Bible School a big success.
Volunteer Debbie Buchanan leads the children attending Augsburg Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School in one of the musical routines the children rehearsed each evening this past week. The children were rehearsing the songs and dances not only to learn more about each day’s lessons but also to prepare to perform for the residents of Heartland Assisted Living Friday evening.
Lexi Murphy (left) and Taylor Howard (right) look over the activity booklets that helped them learn more about the "take-home points" the children attending Augsburg Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School studied each evening. The take-home points began with "Jesus gives me" and looked at the things Jesus gives those who believe on him. Each point was illustrated by a story from the Bible.
The children attending Augsburg Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School watch a video about two young boys named Carter and Jeff who face problems and learn how to solve them while at camp. Each day had a different video which had the boys facing a different problem and learning how to solve it. Each day’s video help convey and reinforce the day’s lesson taught the children in attendance.
Hannah Dietz paints a jar as part of the crafts portion of each night’s Vacation Bible School activities at Augsburg Lutheran Church. The children painted the jars and then placed stones in the bottom of them and placed a luminary on top of the stones. The luminaries in the jar illustrate the seeing of light through the bands of the jar that were left clear because they were covered in tape when the children painted them and, after the paint on the rest of the jar had dried, peeled off.
The children attending Vacation Bible School at Augsburg Lutheran Church gather around the table to hear the "take-home points" that were offered each evening. The take-home points were about the gifts Jesus gives to those who follow Him including courage, wisdom, faith, and His love which is to be shared.
Each evening at the Vacation Bible School at Augsburg Lutheran Church included a puppet show set at "Nutty Hollow" where Chester the Squirrel learned with the help of Granny the Camp Counselor lessons about how to use courage, wisdom, and faith in daily life.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.