This summer, we once again partnered with our neighbors at Trinity UCC to sponsor our 2019 VBS ministry, “Babylon – Daniel’s Courage in Captivity”. It was held evenings during the week of July 15th, at Trinity UCC. About 42 children, ages 3 through 6th grade, had lots of fun while learning about Daniel’s courage as he was held captive in Babylon, how God was with him and his friends through those difficult times, and most importantly, how God is with US every day, too. They heard Bible stories, even venturing into a fiery furnace and a lions’ den! They also enjoyed fun games, made some really neat crafts, ate some yummy snacks and sang a lot of great songs.
As we do each year, we found a great way to put our faith into action through our mission project. This year, we chose to raise funds to purchase the Shoe That Grows, a shoe designed for kids living in poverty, who may have old, ill- fitting shoes or none at all. The Shoe That Grows expands five sizes and is made from durable materials that can last for up to five years. Shoes help eliminate barriers to health, education, and confidence for kids in impoverished countries– giving them more opportunities to succeed.
Each pair of shoes costs $20. We collected a total of $1,300, enabling us to purchase 65 pairs of shoes. Thanks to all the VBS kids, families, and members of the congregations who contributed to make our mission project a great success!
We shared our VBS experience at a closing program held during our joint worship service at Trinity UCC on Sunday, July 21, followed by a potluck lunch and time of fellowship to celebrate the end of another awesome week of VBS!
Thanks to the many volunteers who contributed their time and talent to this year’s VBS, including the staff who worked directly with the children during the week and those working behind the scenes with planning, decorating and set-up. Our VBS ministry continues to be a very successful one, reaching both the children of our own congregations, and many other children in the community.