Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
By Stefani Carroll
Posted June 6, 2013

Our 2013 Vacation Bible School was a joint project with St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and First Christian Church. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

An album of photographs from this event is available here.

Stefani Carroll

Christ Church youth, joined by youth from First Christian Church and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, attended our annual VBS from June 2-5. The kids started on Sunday evening with Amy Warren efficiently checking in all the participants, then enjoyed a hot dog supper, and then got right down to the business of learning how God’s love, praying to God, trusting God, and God’s Word helps us to “Stand Strong.”

The VBS hot dog supper on Sunday night. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

Throughout the four days of VBS, group leaders Shayla Bajalia, Karen Diamond, Diane Halim, Elise Sandbach, and Amber Tanner led their kids through the stations with the help of assistants Savannah Allen, Cecilia Carroll, Andrew Diamond, John David Greneker, Julia Herndon, Madison Jackson, and Grace Tanner. Dana Richards and Leslie Sherwood helped with overall coordination. Katie Wisenbaker was on hand at Sing and Play Rock to teach songs such as “Say, Say” and “Here is our King” and their accompanying dance moves.

Each day the children rehearsed the songs that they would sing during the closing in the parish hall on Wednesday. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

Lorraine Lee, Andrew Greneker, Robbie Beeland, and Hudson Tanner led the outdoor games on the church lawn for three days, and inside the Ingeman room in the Gabard building on the fourth because of the weather conditions. One more reason to give thanks for the Gabard building! These play events included Rowdy Ring Toss, Sheep Herding, Parachute Pals and Knight Tag.

The children playing on the church lawn. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

Phyllis Hiers and Mimi Allen, helped by Katherine Mayer, treated students to the wonders of God’s creation with Imagination Station fun that included Floating falcons and Antigravity tubes. Stefani Carroll and Grace Diamond brought alive stories about King David, Nehemiah, Jesus, and Josiah using blocks, paper bags, plastic cups and even a recreation of Jesus’ life starring the kids, in addition to crafts that helped the kids take home a piece of each story.

Children in the Imagination Station. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

In reliving one Bible story, the women gather at the empty tomb of Jesus, and are amazed when an angel tells them that Jesus has risen from the dead. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

The King’s Kitchen was ably run by Julia Ariail and Judy DeMott, with extra help from Katherine Mayer, who doled out goodies like Prayer Snack Mix (each ingredient reminding us of an aspect of prayer), round cookies with yummy icing (that reminded us that God’s love has no beginning or end, just like a circle), and cupcakes in ice cream cones with yellow icing on top (looking like torches, to remind us of walking in the Light of God).

The King's Kitchen in action. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

On the last day, the kids treated parents, grandparents and group leaders and helpers to a wonderful performance of song and movement, then everyone feasted on pizza and watermelon. Another great VBS for the books!

Vacation Bible School is made possible only with a dedicated group of volunteers who want to share their love for the Lord and dedicated parents who send their children to come closer to God. Thank you ALL for making this year’s VBS such a success!