Churches Host Innovative Vacation Bible School
By Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant
Vacation Bible school, VBS, is a long-time summer staple. Young people take part in fun activities such as hearing stories from the Bible, designing arts and crafts and eating delicious foods and snacks. Churches are developing new ideas for VBS to enhance the experience for students and keep VBS fresh, fun and engaging for young Christians.
|Central United Methodist Church's Marketplace VBS.
For three days, the staff at Central United Methodist Church in Meridian brings the times of the bible to life for its VBS participants.
“We do VBS based around a marketplace,” said Jan Hit, director of finance and properties at Central UMC. “We transform the fellowship hall with pop-up tents for the children to rotate through, and everyone dresses in period clothing.”
Each booth in the marketplace includes a different activity. There are booths for Bible stories, arts and crafts, movies and making of snacks and games.
The marketplace VBS has been a hit for Central. Usually, 90 to 100 children participate. Central will continue the marketplace theme for the 2022 VBS with a Jerusalem marketplace.
The staffs of Clarksdale Haven United Methodist Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church, in Marks, work together during VBS. Both churches are pastored by Rev. Christopher Diggs and use VBS to minister to both churches and the communities around them.
“We use our Zoom account,” said Rev. Laura Gillom, associate minister at Clarksdale Haven and Trinity. “Every day has a different topic, and each exercise is two to five minutes, so the children won’t have to sit for a long time.”
|Clarksdale Haven and Trinity VBS student show off their artwork.
During the virtual VBS, children take part in activities like virtual painting and movie day. Staff at the churches prepare packets for students to pick up containing all the materials they’ll need to complete their activities. Clarksdale Haven and Trinity open VBS to their communities so that any children who wish to participate can.
VBS is a fun and enriching experience for children and families and new ideas are helping keep young people engaged and looking forward to the annual event. Students enjoy fun activities with their friends while learning about the Bible and applying the biblical lessons to their lives.
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