They came in anticipation of fun, dressed in Crocs, flip-flops and sneakers. A total of 53 children entered the Divine Street United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School. The theme was “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,” and the children were immediately swept away to a deserted tropical island inhabited by wild animals, palm trees a waterfall and sandy beaches. It was really the Divine Street sanctuary dressed up to look like a deserted island.
The learning goals of the “Shipwrecked” VBS program were to help children and adults deepen their faith by discovering how Jesus cares about them personally and rescues in life’s toughest circumstances. The program contained a week of music, learning and games designed to point children toward Jesus Christ. It operated in a rotational style. Children were assigned to crews that traveled together to experience each day’s adventures. The crews stopped at several stations throughout the morning including worshipping and singing at the Castaway Sing and Play Station, learning about the truths of the Bible at the Bible Discovery Station, experimenting with science principles such as gravity and friction and making scientific gizmos that demonstrated the principles at the Imagination Station, and watching videos every day in which real kids tell about the ways in which God had rescued them.
At the end of each day, the children gathered again in the sanctuary to worship, sing and reflect on what they had learned. “Jesus rescues!” they yelled in unison as their parents waited to pick them up.
“What a blessing! To watch so many children from our community join together in fun while learning about Jesus was pure joy,” said the Rev. Beth Gaines, pastor of Divine Street United Methodist Church. “All that energy and enthusiasm was contagious, and I can’t wait for next year.”
For more information on the Divine Street United Methodist Church and the VBS program, contact the church office at 910-892-2339 or visit the website at www.dsunc.org.