|Towels hang from the rafters at Cornerstone Church to help get the congregation into the spirit of VBS.|
Jared Shelton, Cornerstone Youth Pastor, talks about this year's VBS.
Most people aren't used to walking into church and seeing beach towels hanging from the beams, flip-flops climbing up the wall, or dolphins behind the pulpit. But, that's exactly what the Sunday morning worshippers saw when they walked into Cornerstone Church on July 15.
Cornerstone is getting ready for Vacation Bible School (VBS), which starts today (Monday) and runs through Friday. You might remember attending VBS as a kid, but it's evolved an awful lot since the 60's and 70's.
Back then, VBS meant simple arts & crafts, memorizing Bible verses and singing songs. Oh, yeah, and cookies and Kool-Aid.
Today, a typical VBS still has Bible verses, singing and snacks, but now it has become almost a theatrical production, complete with costumes, roles and music. Even the snacks follow the theme of the week. Of course, this means months of preparation and planning for the organizers.
For example, on theChristianEdWarehouse.com site, you can find 11 popular VBS curriculum kits, just waiting to be put in to action. Some are even geared towards certain ethnic groups, such as Fiesta! which comes in a Spanish edition. Some are designed for 5 days, others for 10 days. But, all are designed to show kids that learning about Jesus can be lots of fun.
|Wonder where these flip-flops are going? And why are they walking up a wall, for heaven's sake?|
At Cornerstone, the theme for this week's VBS is, "Make a Splash for Jesus," and that means water and beach balls and sunglasses.
Jared Shelton, the youth pastor at Cornerstone, promises that there will be a water theme park right out in the parking lot of the facility on the corner of Rosser and Demerse. All songs, snacks, arts and crafts and games will be based on the theme of "Make a Splash for Jesus." By the end of the week, the kids should be wet, happy and full of knowledge about their faith.
There is no cost for this splashy experience, and it's a great way for kids to spend a week during these hot summer days. VBS at Cornerstone starts at 9 am, and is over at noon Monday-Friday. According to Shelton, it is open to all kids from kindergarten to those entering 5th grade. He explains that it doesn't matter what church the kids are going to, they are welcome to attend.
Other churches in the area have already held their VBS, or are planning an event for later in the summer. Amazing Grace Church in Prescott Valley has a VBS scheduled for July 30-August 3, based on the theme of every day heroes. It's called, "Rescue Zone, Saved by God's Power".
When: July 16-20, from 9 am - 12 pm
Who: Kids from kindergarten age to fifth grade
Where: Cornerstone Church, at the corner of Rosser & Demerse
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