by Lisa Tome
Long after the week at New Life Faith Center's Vacation Bible School ended, children will have access to what they learned.
High tech advances mean that Bible lessons will now be available via smart phone.
Shawn Johnson, director of the VBS explained how the technology works. Each child was provided with a necklace and dog tags. The dog tags can be scanned on a smart phone or iPad so the VBS experience can be revisited over and over.
The theme for the VBS this year, which was held last week, was Weird Animals: Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind. Each of the dog tags features a different weird animal. Each also unlocks a different Bible lesson for which New Life Faith Center provided a free app.
While those at New Life Faith Center offered new technology, they also offered the traditional Bible school experience. Each night, for children ages pre-school to 12, there were all sorts of activities. Each night began in the church sanctuary with songs and other entertainment. There was also movies, crafts, games, Bible lessons, and snack.
Johnson said New Life Faith Center had plenty of volunteers this year. About 45 turned out each night to help. "This was one of our largest volunteer turnouts ever," said Johnson. But the work and preparation began last year. In November, volunteers sold pumpkin rolls. They also sold Easter eggs in the spring. Johnson said the funds are needed because offering VBS costs about $4,500. Church pastor Larry Johnson said the work is worth it. "It's for the kids to have fun," he said.
A nightly offering, to pay for missions was collected.
Church vans provided transportation from Rising Sun, Port Deposit, and Conowingo. "The free transportation is always a hallmark. We don't want any child to miss out due to lack of transportation," said Johnson.