VBS this year was July 10 – 14. What a great time we had discovering our strength in God!
Our VBS, again this year, August 1-5, 2016, was a resounding success in attendance and all round summer fun!
St. Martin’s Vacation Bible School 2015, July 6 -10, finished to a resounding success! Our theme was “G-Force: God’s Love in Action”. The children explored how to put their faith into action through bible stories, songs, discovery, crafts, and games as they “Move!”, “Act!”, “Care!”, “Follow!”, and “Share!”.
We just completed VBS Workshop of Wonders, Imagining and Building with God! The children participated in music, games, discovery, mission, snacks, and Bible stories. Our mission projects included assembling over 100 bag lunches for the Lighthouse Shelter and making hygiene kits and greeting cards for diaster relief. We also collected items for Seafarer’s Christmas boxes.
This past summer we used Cokesbury’s “Everywhere Fun Fair,” a combination state fair and world’s fair which stresses our relationship with our neighbors locally and abroad.
Children learned that God’s love can be found everywhere. The students participated in music, arts and crafts, games, story time, and much more each day. As a service project, we decorated and filled snack bags for children who live at Sarah’s House.
Using Cokesbury’s Operation Overboard program, the church was decorated with an amazing array of undersea items from coral reefs to jelly fish. Ninety children learned about Noah, the servant girl and Naaman, John the Baptist, the calling of the disciples and Paul’s journeys. Each day started with an opening program where the students learned new songs and heard the day’s story as told by Pastor Mary with help from Ocho the octopus. After that it was off to visit 6 stations – music, games, story, crafts, discovery, and snack. During snack time, the children learned about projects other children had done to help provide clean water around the world. We were challenged to raise $750 for the ELCA 100 Wells Project in Africa. We exceeded that goal and raised over $1500! Our last day included a closing ceremony where we shared some of the songs we learned with our parents, recited scripture verses in sign language, and reviewed the stories we heard. Then we celebrated with a wonderful cookout lunch for everybody.