Long run for Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

TARA MAC­DON­ALD PHOTO

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.

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