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.
Your Hero Central VBS 2017 Team