Though it was the hottest week of the year so far – reaching triple digits more often than not – the spirits were high and the new Centennial Hall was a welcome addition to the Escalon Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School.
Hosted at the church on First Street, the VBS was open to all youth in the community, from preschool to sixth grade.
There were 139 kids registered for VBS with 58 volunteers also helping out during the week. There were 24 adult leaders/volunteers and 34 ‘kid’ helpers, from junior high through high school age.
“We have so many youth helpers, it’s amazing to have that kind of help,” said leader Lisa McCune.
VBS participants rotated to several stations each day, ranging from crafts to storytime to outdoor games to snacks. McCune said the new building addition at the church, including the multi-purpose Centennial Hall, was a lifesaver.
The air-conditioned building was used for snacks and showing a movie while kids took a break from activities, and some activities were hosted there as well. Hours for the VBS were 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
The final day on Friday, June 23 included a picnic for participants and family members, with the VBS kids putting on a special program to showcase what they had learned during the week. Theme for the Vacation Bible School was ‘Hero Central – Discover Your Strength in God.’