Long run for Vacation Bible School
It might not be a record that gets the folks at Guinness all excited, but it sure is an impressive one for anyone who loves St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in South Lancaster.
For almost 50 years, the church has been hosting a Vacation Bible School during the summer. It was the brainchild of the late Ella Smith of Williamstown, who brought the idea to her fellow churchgoers and it took off from there.
Shannon MacCuaig has been involved with the school for the past 14 years. Today, she runs it with her sister, Sherry Fourney, and Mary Ferguson. You might say it’s something of a family enterprise since Mrs. MacCuaig’s grandfather, John Fourney, helped kickstart the program way back in the late 1960s.
“It’s been running every year and it’s always been a free ecumenical program,” she says.
There’s always a theme too. This year’s was “Polar Blast: Where Jesus’s love is cool.”
This year’s camp had more than 100 kids from all over South Glengarry. It used to be a weeklong camp but now it’s dwindled down to three days.
No complaints though. Mrs. MacCuaig says that three days is plenty.
She hopes to keep running the program and is always on the lookout for volunteers.
POLAR BLAST: Some of the happy students who participated in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church’s Vacation Bible School in South Lancaster this past summer. It is one of the longest continuously running VBSs in the area.