VBS 2017 –
The Weedsport Ecumenical Vacation Bible School: First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, United Methodist Church, and Sennett Federated Church offered VBS 2017:Hero Central Sunday, June 25- Thursday, June 29. (Sunday 6-7:30 pm, Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. to noon). This year 40 children attended the program which was held at the Baptist Church.
Before VBS began we had a float in the Firemen’s Field Days Parade, Friday, June 2. Candy was tossed and hundreds of VBS business cards were handed out to the bystanders as a way to get the word out about the upcoming VBS. The children and adults on the float wore their superhero costumes!
During VBS, the children enjoyed an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discovered their strength in God. They became Heroes and explored how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.
After a high-energy opening assembly at Hero Central, the Heroes made their way to several stations. One of these stations was the Bible Story Headquarters. Interactive Bible lessons revealed Hero Codes to equip our Heroes for an active life with God. These Heroes discovered a Hero Verse (Bible Memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBS.
The children then expanded on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at Craft Headquarters, singing new songs at Music Headquarters, playing games at Recreation Headquarters, exploring the wonders of creation at Science Headquarters, and enjoying tasty treats at Snack Headquarters. Along the way, the Heroes heard about our mission project and responded to a call for action!!
Our mission this year was the Corporal Kyle R. Schneider Foundation. They assist Veterans and their families, Angel Families, and Wounded Warriors, along with other military support groups and the local community. VBS raised $176 and the ecumenical service held July 9 at Trolley Park added an additional $97 for a total of $273 for this mission. The service at Trolley Park was followed by a dish-to-pass meal.
Something for everyone! Once again, there was also an adult Bible study class and an acrylic art painting class.
We had many local heroes attend our daily closing to share information about their particular superpowers! Sunday, Sarah Reister with her guide dog. Monday, Sheriff Matt Sloan from the Cayuga County K-9 Unit with his dog, Aaron. Wednesday, EMS, Donna Soules. Thursday, Brian Kimak, Weedsport Fire Department.
Thursday we held our closing celebration. After the celebration we walked to the firehouse for a thorough exploration of one of their fire trucks. We then headed to Trolley Park for a picnic provided by VBS. (Hot dogs, chips, beverage, and watermelon.)
We cannot forget the real heroes that made VBS possible. The churches that come together to provide this community event, the planning committee, the local businesses that donate goods or funds (BJs, Shur Fine, Jreck Subs, Tops Market In Auburn), and the volunteers: 23 adults and 15 teens. Because of their generosity the children of our community learned to “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!”
Psalm 34: 14b.
Surf’s Up for 2016
The Weedsport Ecumenical Vacation Bible School was sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, United Methodist Church, and Sennett Federated Church. The 2016 program called “Surf Shack” was held Sunday, June 26 (6-7:30 pm) and Monday-Thursday, June 27-30 (9 am-noon).
Thirty-five children discovered an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that gave them an opportunity to ride the waves with God. During Vacation Bible School at Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love, the children became Surfers and explored how to serve God and experience God’s amazing presence in their lives.
After a high-energy Opening Assembly at the Surf Shack, the Surfers made their way to the Story Deck to discover amazing Bible lessons. Interactive Bible lessons were highlighted by Wave Words to help them recognize where God is inviting them to participate in God’s ongoing creation, and the Surfers discovered Pop-Up Verses (Bible Memory Verses) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBS.
The children expanded on what they discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at the Craft Hut, singing new music at the Tidal Tunes, participating in recreational activities at the Recreation Station, exploring science activities at Discovery Dunes, and enjoying tasty Shack Snacks. Along the way, the Surfers heard about our mission project and enjoyed being active!
Something for everyone! There was also an adult Bible study class and an acrylic painting class attended by twelve adults. The free Surf Shack mobile app, available free to the participants, included a variety of fun games, songs, and quizzes! On Thursday parents and friends were invited to join us for “Breakfast on the Beach.” Fish-shaped pancakes were served!
Our mission this year was to assist Flint Michigan with their water issues. $196.83 was raised.
We also had a float in the Fireman’s Field Days parade. Our “Surf Shack” theme was recreated on a horse drawn wagon pulled by Duke and Prince. The Minturn family, Chuck, David and Abby, provided the horses, wagon and driver.
Volunteers! Our Vacation Bible School this year was a great success. Eighteen adult and fourteen teen volunteers made a commitment to provide leadership during VBS. These people shared the Word of God with others and gave of themselves in countless ways. We are very thankful for their dedication and appreciate the gifts of their time, talents, and service.
We thank God for letting us experience the power of Your presence at our Vacation Bible School.
The 2015 ecumenical VBS was held Sunday, June 28th through July 2, at the Weedsport First Presbyterian Church. Participating churches: Weedsport First Presbyterian Church, Weedsport Baptist Church, Weedsport United Methodist Church.
Children were invited to discover that they can use God’s power in their lives to help them Move! Act! Care! Follow! And Share! This fun, interactive Bible-based program equipped participants to use their talents, skills, and momentum in a Christ-centered direction.
There were exciting adventures such as wonderful Bible stories, great music, cool crafts, exciting science, fun games, delicious snacks and more! The children met people from the Bible who used their actions to do something amazing with God.
An adult Bible study class was led by Rob White and a scripture inspired acrylic art class was directed by Chris Grudzien. The talented students produced amazing works!
Thursday, families were invited to attend a closing celebration. A picnic was held following the celebration. A special surprise on Thursday was the Sports Themed Bounce House! It was our recreation for the day and additional bounce time during the picnic!
Fifty-four children and 15 adult students attended. With the assistance of 29 adult and 15 teen volunteers and the support of our churches we were able to provide the children and adults of our community with a fun and inspirational program.
Our mission this year was Freedom Recreational Services for Youth with Disabilities, a not-for-profit agency that promotes an individual’s fullest level of participation in recreational and social activities through programs focused on the development of skills needed for community integration; empowers the siblings of individuals with disabilities to appreciate and cope with their unique circumstances. A total of $303 was collected towards this mission.
Prior to the VBS event, we had a float (see the following pictures) in the Kiddie Parade and the Firemen’s Field Days parade, June 4 & 5. Chris Grudzien assembled and decorated the float. We won the church float award in the Kiddie Parade! Thursday 19 children and 12 adults rode on the float which was pulled by Bill Saroodis. Friday 20 children and 10 adults rode the float which was pulled by Gary Chapin. Bob Jorolemon provided bales of straw for seating on the float.
VBS FLOAT AT WEEDSPORT FIREMANS' FIELD DAY PARADE
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 2015
The 2014 ecumenical VBS was held Sunday, July 13th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Monday, July 14th-Thursday, July 17th, 9:00 a.m.-noon at the Weedsport Baptist Church. Participating churches: Weedsport First Presbyterian Church, Weedsport Baptist Church, and United Methodist Church.
Children were invited to gear up at the 2014 VBS Workshop of Wonders: Imaging and Build with God. They explored and experienced how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God! The adventure included music and motions that wowed, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games and recreation, and mission. An adult Bible study and scripture inspired acrylic art classes were included in the activities. The finished pieces were amazing!
Families were invited to attend a closing celebration following the last session on Thursday. After a closing program we celebrated with pizza donated by Peter’s Pizzeria and NY Pizza, watermelon donated by Shur Fine, and beverage.
Forty-six children (22 in 2013) and ten adult (12 in 2013) students attended. With the assistance of 30 volunteers (20 in 2013) and the support of our churches, we were able to provide the children and adults of our community with a fun and inspirational VBS.
An ecumenical outdoor service was held Sunday, July 20th, 10 a.m. at Trolley Park. The children participated by sharing some of the songs and motions they learned. After the service, a potluck lunch was held.
The mission for VBS 2014 was Project Chacocente in Nicaragua. Project Chacocente moves families from the city dump of Manaququ to the clean air and fertile soil of Masaya, where the people learn skills for living independently. Chacocente is a non-profit, integrating project that aims to transform people, not just give them food and/or housing. Donations from VBS and the ecumenical service went towards this mission. We raised a total of $318 for Chacocente.
VBS FLOAT AT WEEDSPORT FIREMANS' FIELD DAY PARADE
June 5, 2014
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014
Summer of 2013, VBS was held on Sunday evenings from 6-8 PM in July. The theme was Everywhere Fun Fair-where God's world comes together. We discovered VBS is not just for children as we had an adult Bible study class and an adult, scripture based, acrylic art class. The week concluded with an outdoor closing Sunday worship service at Trolley Park which included a blessing of the animals.
Attendance included 22 children, 12 adult students along with the assistance of 20 volunteers. The mission was the Heifer International fund and a total of $297 collected for that mission.