VBS stu­dents ‘Suit Up’ with the ar­mor of God

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

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.

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