Children at Camp Meeting
ATHENS, TEX. – Vacation Bible School was a very unique experience this year at Lone Star Camp Meeting in Athens, Tex. The event “Exploring Bible Lands” was tailor-made for the two-day VBS, June 7-8, by the Southwest Region Conference Children’s Ministries pastors and leaders.
The central theme for the Vacation Bible School program, “There is Nothing Too Hard for God,” was based on Jeremiah 32:17. Each morning, the children were given rhythm sticks, kazoos and other percussion instruments to participate in worship and in a Bible sound story.
Following the opening exercises, the preschoolers, under the engaging instruction of Gwen Williams, sang, colored and enjoyed their Bible lands experience.
Meanwhile, the older children were sent to explore one of three stations. At the crafts station, the children were led by Aja Hamlin. Here, they created three-dimensional scenes from Bible lands and also assembled Bible-themed stained glass windows.
At the drama station, Christopher Allicock and Austin Harris directed small productions with the children. The team turned well-known Bible stories into plays with a humorous twist such as “David and the Giant Problem.”
The third station was health and wellness. At this station, the children had great fun experiencing games from Bible times with pastor Brent Batiste.
Snack time with yummy fruit, natural snacks and juices was prepared by Velma Taylor and Glenda Batiste.
All of these wonderful activities happened under the watchful supervision of security monitors, pastor Billy Green and Jalen Jones. After lunch on day one, the children all returned to join in a very energizing Junior Olympics tournament where every participant earned an honor.
Many thanks to all of the leaders, pastors and parents who assisted in making this two-day event a spirit-filled and memorable success.
By Cheryl Harris, Children’s Ministries Coordinator