by Lisa Tome
About 35 children and adults traveled from Rising Sun to Mount Kilimanjaro last week.
They didn't need plane fare or a passport.
First Presbyterian Church of Rising Sun hosted its annual Vacation Bible School from July 6-10. Joy McCullough coordinated the VBS, which had the theme Camp Kilimanjaro: An Epic Expedition through Proverbs.
McCullough said VBS preparations start in January for the Bible school which has been held for the past half dozen years.
The church paid $200 for the prepared curriculum. Donations funded the remaining $600 it costs to host Bible school.
The VBS attracts a mix of people - some already attend the church, others come as a result of community outreach.
Each evening, children, and the large adult class, participated in crafts, games, Bible lessons, and music/drama. One of the campaigns within the VBS was the offering. Each night, videos featuring needy children in Africa were shown. For each quarter that was donated paid for a meal for a child in Africa.
"What I like about Bible school is I like to learn about God and people who need stuff," said Malaysia Padilla, 7.
Kylon Mitchell, 8, of North East, made a drum during VBS. "I like the games and the crafts we built," said Mitchell. "I like the crafts, the games, and the singing," said Selah Carper, 7.
While the Bible school children were playing games and singing, a trio of women worked in the church's kitchen. They were creating snacks, an integral part of VBS. "I think it's (snack) pretty important. We try to be innovative and creative," said kitchen volunteer Libby McCullough. The kitchen crew was making pudding mountains and chocolate dipped bananas for the VBS attendees.