Escalon Covenant Church was the place to be this past week if you wanted to get moving … as the church hosted its Vacation Bible School from July 27 through 31.
Theme was Go Fish, Gotta Move! Keepin’ In Step With The Spirit and first-year coordinator Maria Gervase said she and co-coordinators Martha Yost and Tracey Miller couldn’t have been happier with the turnout, as dozens of youngsters joined the fun.
They also had a mission – raising money to help translate the Bible into multiple languages in New Guinea.
Escalon High 2013 graduate Cassie Kennedy, who served at the VBS, spent several months in New Guinea as a nanny and homeschool teacher for three children and learned of the ongoing translation project. When she brought the idea back to Escalon Covenant to contribute, the mission for this year’s VBS fell into place.
Each day at the VBS featured plenty of activities for the kids, from crafts to Bible study, music and movement time, snacks and more.
Gervase said more than a hundred children were registered for the VBS, though the number fluctuated from day to day, with the largest group featuring six- and seven-year-olds.
They also joined family and friends for a closing barbecue on Friday and had the chance to perform a song at church on Sunday, Aug. 2.
There were parables to learn each day, Bible verses to memorize, new friends and new adventures, and Gervase said many youngsters also signed their names to the ‘God of this City’ wall at the church as a symbol of their faith and love for God.