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Dur­ing the out­door fun and games part of the Escalon Chris­tian Re­formed Church Va­ca­tion Bible School, young­sters – with a lit­tle help from their youth lead­ers – took aim with the water bal­loon sling shot, hop­ing to get the bal­loon on to the para­chute be­ing held by fel­low VBS at­ten­dees. When it hit the mark, the bal­loon burst, pro­vid­ing a wel­come spray of cool water.

Over 100 kids, on av­er­age, at­tended the Escalon Chris­tian Re­formed Church Va­ca­tion Bible School this past week. Fes­tiv­i­ties were hosted at the church on Cal­i­for­nia Street, run­ning from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 through 14.

“We’ve had a good turnout again this year,” said co­or­di­na­tor Heidi Veld­stra. “The most kids we had on one day was 105, it has been a good week.”

Theme for the VBS was Maker Fun Fac­tory, based on Psalm 139, with the thought that “God made us for a rea­son,” said Veld­stra.

Each day fea­tured games, crafts, a Bible story, Kid-Vid cin­ema with videos of kids con­quer­ing fears and over­com­ing chal­lenges.

The mis­sion project this year raised money for Op­er­a­tion Kid to Kid, the funds help­ing to pro­vide clean water for kids in Peru.

“Ev­ery $5 we raise gives one child water for a year,” Veld­stra said.

The VBS was open to kids en­ter­ing kinder­garten through fifth grades, while helpers were those en­ter­ing sixth grade and up, along with sev­eral adult team lead­ers.

A fun fea­ture this year was a candy jar guess­ing game, with three jars of candy of­fered, and a win­ner drawn from each di­vi­sion – K-2, 3-5 and VBS staff. The VBS con­cluded on Fri­day with a hot dog lunch and a per­for­mance by at­ten­dees for their fam­ily and friends.


Young­sters and team lead­ers are hard at work mak­ing pic­ture frames dur­ing the arts and crafts por­tion of their Va­ca­tion Bible School day at Escalon Chris­tian Re­formed Church.


VBS co­or­di­na­tor Heidi Veld­stra dis­plays their mis­sion project, with VBS at­ten­dees bring­ing in do­na­tions to pro­vide clean drink­ing water for kids in Peru.

Al­ways ready for a snack, these VBS at­ten­dees gather around to choose a tasty treat af­ter tak­ing part in the out­door games.

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