Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
– Matthew 19:14
St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School is held each July and we eagerly anticipate sharing the Gospel, the giggles, and the great music every year!
The theme in 2017 was “Mighty Fortress” and was held July 17-21 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. each day. Beth Jungmeyer served as coordinator with support from the VBS Planning committee of Crystal Ashley, Jeanette Kunze, Sara Turner, Diane Weicken, Marie Wickham and Pastor Kopper. We were also blessed with helping hands from about 35 volunteers who were comprised of teenagers, busy moms and dads, retired Grandparents and many others. With an average attendance 60 children each day we could not have had a successful week without volunteers!
During our Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School, children learned that in Jesus, the victory is won! We celebrated that Jesus, our champion, has won the victory over sin, death, and Satan. Our Old and New Testament stories showed God’s strength and power at work through his helpers and Jesus’ victory through His death and resurrection. The children at VBS enjoyed large-group openings and closings with music as well as smaller group rotations in Storytelling, Bible Challenge, Crafts, Games and Snacks!
We collected offerings each day for Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp Ministries and were happy to have a visit from three counselors from the camp. Our visitors led the children in several songs and told about the different camp experiences offered like Horse Camp, Fishing Camp, Night Owl Camp, Family Camp, Paint Ball Camp and Choral Camp. The kids had so many questions for them! Together with VBS offerings and congregational offerings collected in July and August, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was happy to send $600.00 to Heit’s Point to help the camp continue to offer enriching experiences to young people who are learning about their life in Christ.
On the final day of VBS, parents, grandparents and all members of the church were invited to the closing program including lunch. Special thanks to Mike Volkart who provided ice cream for the closing lunch, Harold Kiesling who bought milk for snack time, Dorothy Jungmeyer who wrote a $250 Thrivent Action Team grant for us, and others who brought cookies and items for our Friday lunch.
At St. Paul’s, we know that the children are our future and sincerely enjoy watching them learn about Jesus. As we plan for another wonderful experience in 2018, we are always looking for adult volunteers to coordinate, teach, cook, make crafts, play games, tell Bible stories and share their musical talents during Vacation Bible School. Older youth and teens are also a huge asset as they assist teachers and help with activities. We are also happy to accept monetary donations that go toward purchasing craft items, snacks and teacher supplies. If you would like to help with Vacation Bible School in any capacity, please contact the church office at office@stpaulslutheran1860 or (573) 796-2735.