Just a week before they head back to class, Pastor Phil Meekins and volunteers from New Beginnings Christian Fellowship worked to provide children with spiritual education. Back in July, New Beginnings, a church near Elkton, was supposed to host Vacation Bible School. The timeline didn't work out for the helpers. That's when it was decided that the VBS would be held the week before school starts.
"The week before school it will be fresh in their minds," said Pastor Meekins.
A dozen or so children attended the first night of VBS last Monday. The pastor said he expected attendance to grow throughout the week as children bring family, friends, and neighbors.
Krissy Sten was overseeing the VBS. She said they were serving children from age three to fifth grade. Daily activities included group singing and worship, Bible lessons, crafts, snack, prayer, and games and activities. "A lot of people were on vacation in July. We hope they take what they learned with them to school," said Sten.
She said that the children in attendance were a combination of church attendees and people from the community. Five people signed on as teachers. There were also teen volunteers and other helpers. "We want everyone to have a great time and learn about God. We want to dance and sing and do it all in your name," said Sten as she led songs.
The theme "Submerged" was nautical but had children exploring God. Sten said the message she hoped to convey is "God knows you better than you know yourself."