Chris­tian Re­formed Church Hosts Ship­wrecked VBS

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

Dozens of kids, and plenty of helpers, made for a suc­cess­ful Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School re­cently at Chris­tian Re­formed Church on Cal­i­for­nia Street in Escalon.

Hosted from Mon­day, July 16 through Fri­day, July 20 – with a wrap up fam­ily bar­be­cue and pro­gram on Fri­day – the VBS brought kids to­gether to en­joy hear­ing Bi­ble sto­ries, do­ing crafts, play­ing out­door games, and learn­ing new songs about faith and fel­low­ship.

“Our high­est at­ten­dance was 126,” said VBS co­or­di­na­tor Heidi Veld­stra of the top turnout among the five days. “The VBS was for kinder­garten through fifth grade and we also had about 60 helpers over­all.”

The VBS ran from 9 a.m. to noon each day, with the ex­cep­tion of Fri­day, when they wrapped it up with the lun­cheon and pro­gram, ex­tend­ing a lit­tle past the noon hour.

Theme this year was “Ship­wrecked” and Veld­stra said they also chose the Modesto Gospel Mis­sion as the ben­e­fi­ciary of of­fer­ings brought in.

“Any money we collect, we are buy­ing shoes and will take them in for their Back To School drive,” Veld­stra said.

That event, with shoes and other school essen­tials be­ing distributed to needy chil­dren in the area, is set for Satur­day, July 28 at the Modesto Gospel Mis­sion.

Veld­stra added that at­ten­dance this year seemed to be the “big­gest group” of the last few years at the VBS. More chil­dren were en­rolled in the kinder­garten through third grade groups, she said, with fourth and fifth grade en­roll­ment a lit­tle lower but still good over­all.

TIMES PHOTOS BY MARG JACK­SON

Out­door fun was part of the re­cent Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School hosted at Escalon’s Chris­tian Re­formed Church. Here, young­sters use the parachute to bounce wa­ter bal­loons, try­ing not to get splashed in the process.

Campers and helpers work to­gether dur­ing the crafts por­tion of the Chris­tian Re­formed Church Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, built around a ‘ship­wreck’ theme.

Groups of VBS at­ten­dees and their lead­ers work on cut­ting a sin­gle sheet of pa­per in a pat­tern that al­lows them all to pass through it safely af­ter hear­ing a Bi­ble story at the Chris­tian Re­formed Church pro­gram.

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