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129 Children Filled Our Church With Energy!

 
 

The five-day Vacation Bible School at Cedar Cross Church ended last Friday, July 12. The theme this year was “Everywhere Fun Fair Where God’s World Comes Together.” During the week, our church was filled with energy! It was full of 129 children who were bursting with God’s love and excitement. It was filled with more than 50 volunteers overflowing with faith and passion to share God’s love. And it was filled with 129 neighbors (the children) who wanted to learn how to be better neighbors to those who live beside them and those who live on the other side of the world.

Each morning began with an assembly of all the children, at which time they were introduced to the friendship phrase of the day. Throughout the week, the children met their neighbors in Japan, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico.  For example, on Monday, they learned that “Neighbors are friendly” in Japan. After the assembly, faith guides and their helpers guided the seven groups of “campers” to different stations around the church: story, crafts, snacks and mission, science, music and recreation, to further their understanding of each of the friendship phrases. On Monday, the story of Sarah and Abraham was told by the storyteller in the Bible Bazaar. The mission for the week was to raise money for bedding nets to protect people from malaria. The children raised well over $1,700 for their mission.

Vacation Bible School, led by Cedar Cross Children’s Ministries director Jen, is a lot of work in advance preparation as well as the week of the school. The dedication of all the 50 or more volunteers made the week possible and it was truly amazing. It was fun, full of smiles and hugs and most importantly, God’s love was felt by so many!

Go to the Cedar Cross Church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cedarcrossumc  to read some of the entries about this year’s Vacation Bible School.

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