UNION — For the second year in a row two churches have worked together to provide a fun, educational and inspirational Vacation Bible School experience for children.
Grace United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, both located in downtown Union, held their first joint Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2014. That year’s Vacation Bible School was held at First Baptist Church with children and adult volunteers from both churches participating.
Last year’s joint effort by the churches was a success and so this week they came together again to hold a joint Vacation Bible School, this time at Grace United Methodist Church.
“It’s two different denominations, it’s the Baptists and the Methodists cooperating,” Sherry Bauknight, a member of Grace United Methodist Church, said about the joint Vacation Bible Schools. “This is the second year in a row we’ve done it and it has been a wonderful experience for both churches. We cooperate very well.”
Bauknight said that this year’s Vacation Bible School, which was held this Monday-Friday of this week from 5:30-8:15 p.m. each evening, had an average of 60-65 children in attendance each night. She said there were approximately 60 volunteers who handled food preparation, decorated the church, and taught the classes.
Among those taking part were teenagers from both churches who Bauknight said were especially helpful.
“We’re so blessed that we had teenagers from both churches helping out,” Bauknight said. “They helped look after the children. We were so blessed to have our teenagers.”
This year’s Vacation Bible School was called “Everest: Conquering challenges with God’s might power” and a mountain climbing theme which was reflected in the decorations which included figures rappelling down ropes.
Bauknight said each night began with the pastors from both churches opening the evening’s activities. She said each night’s opening included a skit performed by the pastors.
Instead of classes, each evening featured “stations” offering the children participating different activities to enjoy including “Sing & Play” where Bauknight said they learned “music with motions.” There were also “Glacier Games” which were played outside and “Bible Adventure” which introduce the children to stories from The Bible and “Imagination Station” which challenged their imaginations. When they ate each evening, the children, in keeping with the mountain climbing theme, dined at the “Mountain Meals Station.”
Bauknight said that at the end of each evening there was a very special slide show.
“At the end of the day there was a slide show in which the Bible story was recapped,” Bauknight said. “The slide show was composed of photos of the children posing in portrayal of the evening’s Bible story. This gave the children a chance to see themselves helping act out the Bible story and they all enjoyed it.”
Friday was the last night of the Grace United/First Baptist Vacation Bible School and Bauknight said it featured an ice cream social.
Bauknight said that, like last year’s, this year’s Vacation Bible School has been successful with everyone participating enjoying themselves.
“We think it has been a huge success,” Bauknight said. “Everything has gone smoothly, there’s been a lot of energy, and everyone from the little ones to the volunteers have had a good time.”
"Everest: Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power" was the name of this year’s joint Vacation Bible School held by Grace United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. This was the second year the two churches joined together to offer Vacation Bible School for the children of both churches and the community. In 2014 the joint Vacation Bible School was held at First Baptist Church. This year it was held at Grace United Methodist Church.
These children attending the First Baptist Church/Grace United Methodist Church joint Vacation Bible School dined on "Mountain Meals." The meals reflect the mountain climbing theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School which was called "Everest: Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power." The Vacation Bible School was held this week at Grace United Methodist Church.
The name of this year’s First Baptist Church/Grace United Methodist Church joint Vacation Bible School was "Everest: Conquering challenges with God’s mighty power." The Vacation Bible School was held this week at Grace United Methodist Church which was decorated in keeping with the event’s mountain climbing theme.
Instead of classes, the First Baptist Church/Grace United Methodist Church joint Vacation Bible School held this week at Grace United Methodist had stations. Each station had a different activity for the children in attendance including "Sing & Play" where children learned about music and motion.
The First Baptist Church/Grace United Methodist Church joint Vacation Bible School held this week at Grace United Methodist had stations, each featuring a different activity for the children attending. The "Glacier Games" station was held on the church grounds and here some of the children attending pose for a picture after finishing their turn at the games.
No, these children aren’t laying down for a nap, they are taking part in an activity at the "Bible Adventure" station at Grace United Methodist Church during the joint Vacation Bible School held by the church in conjunction with First Baptist Church.
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