VBS students ‘Suit Up’ with the armor of God
GRASONVILLE — Continuing their tradition of animated, high energy Vacation Bible School, the congregation at Chesapeake Church of Christ in Grasonville, hosted a “Put on the Armor of God” themed program for area children Saturday morning, June 24. The congregation is led by longtime Pastor Scott Lambert, who has acknowledged many times the talented members of his group. This year was another exceptional demonstration of their talents.
Medieval-themed props — from a castle built in the front of the chapel to replica stained-glass windows to members dressed in period costumes — the congregation spared no effort to make the VBS experience for the children come alive, learning Christian principles by not only word, but watching and,. more importantly, acting on the lessons while in the VBS environment.
The back drop for this year’s program began with the King and Queen of the land declaring there is a problem with the local dragon (symbolically Satan) and his “shenanigans . . . terrorizing the village.” The village finds a knight to volunteer to slay the dragon, however, the knight must be properly prepared to do battle, wearing the proper armor and being of the proper mind-set. The children were sent to different stations throughout the land to collect the proper armor for the knight, learning at each station the values of proper equipment — a “Breastplate of Righteousness” to do the right thing, a “Shield of Faith” to believe in God and a “Sword of the Spirit” by reading the Bible.
Armed with these, the knight cannot fail.
The children returned to the village to see that the valiant knight was properly dressed in his armor. After prayer for his protection, he was off to face the dragon. Within the dragon’s cave, sounds of battle took place as the villagers waited for the results. The knight returned to the village declaring, “The dragon is been slain! Thanks be to God!”
One of the masterminds of this year’s CCCVBS, congregational member Jeff Jaros, led the children in a final song titled “I’m in the Lord’s Army!” marching to the music.
Jaros asked, “Did you have a good time this morning?!” to a reply in unison by the children of “Yeah!”
He concluded by telling the children, “Remember what you’ve learned here today, and come back to Vacation Bible School again next year! We don’t know yet what we’re going to doing, but I can promise you, it’ll be fun!”
Ellie Corchiarino, 4, of Stevensville, left, pets a stuffed lamb held by Chesapeake Church of Christ member and Vacation Bible School character Sheryl Jaros, Saturday morning, June 24.