by Lisa Tome
Two churches. One God.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Cokesbury United Methodist Church teamed up for the three day Vacation Bible School last week. The theme was "Standing on God's Promises".
"It's been awesome teamwork. We're all sisters having a great time and building something better together. With teamwork, we can reach more people," said Alice Clark, who attends Cokesbury UMC, and helped coordinate the VBS.
Lisa Ewing coordinated the event for St. Mark's. She said that the church hosts VBS each year. "We heard Cokesbury wanted to help us. We kept our same structure and they said 'we can get kids and volunteers'. It's nice," said Ewing.
Children ages 4-12 were invited to participate. In all, 26 children and 25 volunteers signed on to help. The VBS was run in an open format without individual classes. There was coloring, crafts, music, a Bible lesson, and snack each night. One of the highlights for the children were the outdoor games. There was a sack race and other games.
"We served dinner each night. That makes it easier on the parents. They can take them home and put them to bed," said a kitchen staffer.
Angela Harrison, 8, attended the VBS.
"At the other VBS I went to, we don't get dinner. We just get snack. And I made a couple new friends here," said Harrison.
Max Stahl, 14, is a former VBS attendee at St. Mark's who signed on as a volunteer this year. "It's been wonderful. I like helping the kids. I came here as a child and now I'm giving back," said Stahl.
Dante Baker, 11, attends Cokesbury church. "It's been pretty good. I like how everybody got along. Everybody here is friends even if it's their first time coming," said Baker.
Rev. Pat Drost is the rector at St. Mark's. She was helping children make crafts. "It's wonderful. We have some (children) from the community and some go to the church. We just have a good time," said Rev. Drost. "This was our first year with Cokesbury and that added a new level of excitement. It's been a whole new level."