Portland News

August 17, 2018

Vacation Bible School

More than one hundred excited children came to Vacation Bible School from August 13-17. The theme this year was “Maker Fun Factory,” focusing on the message that each person is created by God and designed for a purpose. Jessica Oilar was the VBS coordinator, working with over forty other staff members to make a week of fun, games, crafts, snacks, singing, and learning.

The mornings began in the chapel with songs led by Julianne Luka and a skit from Natalie Tonning and Ian Andersen, which usually involved Ian learning a valuable lesson and also tripping and falling in very dramatic fashion. They kept the children laughing every day! Students were also introduced to a Fun Factory character who would relate a Bible story, Scripture verse, and an important lesson for the day. On Monday, it was Decker the Crab who taught everyone that “God made you” and shared the story of Creation. On Tuesday, Tina the Termite told how “God is for you” and used the account of Rahab as an example. On Wednesday, Bubba the Whale said “God is always with you,” and told about how God helped Gideon. Students met Skyler the Seagull on Thursday and learned that “God will always love you,” and then heard how Jesus died on the Cross to save us. And on the last day, Abbee the Bee explained that “God made you for a reason,” and told how Abigail saved her household from war.

After the introduction, everyone split into crews of three to seven and rotated between a craft room, snacks, games, and Bible story time. All of the activities reinforced the daily lessons in fun and interactive ways. The whole group gathered back in the chapel at the end of the day for one more object lesson and group singing before their parents returned to take them home. By the end of the week they had collected a load of personalized crafts, a button for each day to remind them of the daily character, a handout recapping the Bible story for the day, toys, pictures, many memories, and songs that will be stuck in their heads for months to come! It was a great week that will no doubt have a lasting impact on everyone who participated.

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Portland Vacation Bible School 2018