There are so many things to love about Vacation Bible School…making new friends, surprising science experiments, delicious snacks, songs that make you dance, rambunctious games, inspiring Bible stories and so much more!
One of my favorite things, and I think the participants as well, is the mission project that is done each day. On Monday, the kids made Bee-attitude bookmarks, Tuesday was decorating cookies, Wednesday was decorating the cookie boxes and making SUPER size thank you cards, Thursday was filling Super Treat Bags and Friday was a Super Scroll of Thanks! Whew, they were busy!
The bookmarks and treat bags were given to The Harvest Home in Akron. The scroll was for the kids to give to their own personal Super Hero. The cookies and cards were delivered by three Super Heroes to the Stow Fire and Police Departments and Akron General Hospital in Stow. The recipients were so thankful to be thought of and could not express how this act of kindness made them feel. We need to take time out to remember these “Everyday” Heroes that serve and protect us.
Serving others is something we need to do all the time. You get a warm, fuzzy feeling back when you give to others. Jesus wants us to leave our comfort zone and “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” Psalm 34:14
One of the missions I enjoy is Kids’ Church. Occasionally, there is a lag time when we’ve finished our lesson or craft early and the children are restless. We love to play games but often don’t have the equipment we need. But there’s always chalk! I invented a way to make one of our favorite word games, Hangman, a bit kinder. Instead of a hangman’s noose, I draw a clay pot, so anytime the children don’t give me a correct letter for the puzzle word, I add a stem, leaves, petal, or center to the pot. This seems silly, I know, but it softens the idea of the Hangman game to one of life instead of death. Isn’t that what our faith and our children are all about? Join us sometime on Sundays and we’ll try and figure out a word of your choosing!
Somewhere in this photo is a chickadee eating at the new bird feeder outside my window. Putting the feeder behind the spider plant makes the birds more trusting and less anxious. I know this because it said so on the instructions! It took two weeks before the first bird showed up. First came the sparrows, then the chickadees, and today the cardinals. None stay for long but they are all refreshed and fed. I like to think that’s what happens when people come to church on Sunday. Refreshed and fed for the week!
Our annual Chili Fest is not just a judging of delicious meals in a crockpot. It’s also a chance to raise money for missions by auctioning off homemade pies. In addition, it’s a chance for people to get goofy!
Share a song, do a magic trick, or tell a joke! When the worlds seems topsy turvy, it’s always good to do something meaningful with a splash of fun. Come to Fellowship Hall on February 4, 5-7 p.m. and have your spirit lifted!
The Create Day and Children’s Art Auction were a HUGE success!!! Kids, ages 3-17, had a great time listening to stories about God’s creation and his covenant with us. They then got busy on their own creations! These turned out amazing. The descriptions and artists bios they wrote were equally amazing! The finished products were then put on display and auctioned off. We raised a little over $300.00 to be divided between VBS and apportionments! The evening was full of fun, food and fellowship.
I was looking forward to the create day and auction. Little did I know how much fun they would be! The kids knew just what they wanted to do. Their creative, little minds seemed like they were moving a mile a minute! The stories they told about their art work gave me a lot to think about. I sometimes forget that they have so much knowledge inside of them. As an adult, I tend to loose my child like “just do it attitude” and try not to think about the end result, but just that moment.
Thanks to the kids for reminding me of that and to everyone that came out to bid, donate or volunteer!
This month Children’s Place Learning Center honored all of the special people in our children’s lives with a breakfast. We call this Breakfast with GrandPals. Many of our students do not have biological grandparents that live close to them; therefore, our center invites anyone that is close to the child. This year we had 98% participation by included extended family and friends. Our goal was to increase the bond between family and school. I am happy to report we have done just that! Our guests enjoyed a variety of breakfast pastries, participated in activities and received a hand-made gift from the child they were visiting.
We cannot wait for next year! Mrs. Angie Collier, Center Director