Chil­dren let their lights shine at Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School

Record Observer - - Religion - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — On Satur­day morn­ing, June 25, the con­gre­ga­tion of Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ in Gra­sonville hosted a “Glow in the Dark” themed Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, based on the chil­dren’s song “This Lit­tle Light of Mine.”

The chil­dren, ages 3 to 10, who at­tended were pre­sented three foun­da­tions of Chris­tian teach­ings; 1. Fol­low Je­sus; 2. Do Good; and 3. Love Peo­ple. They ob­served classroom skits where they were asked about ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions and what could be done to help peo­ple with their day to day chal­lenges. The chil­dren learned from ex­am­ples that were pre­sented, and ap­plied Chris­tian prin­ci­ples of fol­low­ing Je­sus’ ex­am­ple.

Scott Lam­bert, pas­tor at the church for the past 17 years, said, “This year’s pro­gram was less about bib­li­cal his­tory, but brought in to­day’s chal­lenges us­ing his­toric Christ-like teach­ings for the chil­dren to find so­lu­tions. Let your light shine, as a Chris­tian, to en­cour­age oth­ers.”

The first Sun­day of each month, the Sun­day ser­mon, which be­gins at 10:45 a.m. at Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ, is de­voted to chil­dren.

“We call it our ‘King­dom Kids ser­mon.’ It’s im­por­tant to con­nect with the chil­dren in our com­mu­nity,” he said. “When Je­sus was here on earth, where was he of­ten found? Teach­ing the chil­dren.”

Sun­day School be­gins each Sun­day at 9:45 a.m. for chil­dren and adults.

Among the more than 30 mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion who helped pre­pare and put on the VBS pro­gram, the Jaros fam­ily of Stevensville played an in­stru­men­tal part. Jeff Jaros, a lo­cal busi­ness­man, has been a mem­ber of CCC for 30 years. He cur­rently serves as one of the dea­cons at the church.

Jaros said, “We have a very tal­ented con­gre­ga­tion. Ever yone brings their in­di­vid­ual tal­ents and shares to con­trib­ute to our VBS. When I was a child, VBS was a stan­dard. We all went to VBS each year.

“You’ve got to get to the chil­dren about the love of Je­sus Christ when they’re young — plant that seed that God and his son, Je­sus, love them. When life gets dif­fi­cult at times, they’ll re­mem­ber that when they younger, some­one told them that Je­sus loves them. A light will turn on. It’ll help them know where to turn.”

The pro­gram in­cluded games, snacks, skits, crafts and lots of singing.

For in­for­ma­tion about pro­grams at Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ, call Lam­bert at 410-827-7087.

Ken­dall Fowler, 8, en­joys the in­flat­able slide dur­ing the an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ’s Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, Satur­day morn­ing, June 25.

Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ Paster Scott Lam­bert and Dea­con Jeff Jaros stand with many of the young chil­dren who at­tended the church’s an­nual Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, Satur­day morn­ing, June 25. Themed “Glow in the Dark,” it was based on the song, “This Lit­tle Light of Mine.”

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Chil­dren were awed by their glow­ing neck­laces and bracelets in the “Glow in the Dark” VBS held at Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ in Gra­sonville, Satur­day morn­ing, June 25. The theme was based on the chil­dren’s song, “This Lit­tle Light of Mine.”

Charles Martin, 5, en­joys the kick-ball ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ’s Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, Satur­day morn­ing, June 25.

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