DALTON — Children at Dalton United Methodist Church were given options about what they would do if stranded on a deserted island. One scenario was what would they eat — a squid sandwich or a seaweed salad. Another scenario is what would they use for shelter — a cave or lean-to. Making those decisions was all part of the imagination station in this year’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) themed “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”
Through the week of June 18, children from both Dalton United Methodist Church and Factoryville United Methodist Church were split into five groups called Moe, Guac, Rae, Hope and Beacon. They learned that Jesus rescues us when we worry, when we feel lonely and when we do something wrong.
Volunteers Diana Dalton and Melissa Coggins gave kids fun activities to do at the imagination station inside the Dalton UMC.
“I come every year,” said Coggins. “It’s a great thing for kids to do.”
Dalton started the day by blowing “bubbles of inspiration” for children to catch in order to spark their creativity. The children designed blue T-shirts with red-and-white life preservers and write “Jesus rescues us.” Kids also played marbles on the “highway of life.”
Dalton showed them that, although there are bumps on the road, one can always get through with help from Jesus. Kids took turns pushing the little marbles through the highway by pushing the big marble (representing Jesus) into them. Children also made pinwheels, which symbolized the wind and Jesus’ presence — both of which cannot be seen but can be felt. Once they finished the pinwheels, they held them up to a fan to make them spin in circles.
Dalton’s daughter Abby was in charge of outdoor games. Children had an opportunity to attempt taking little marbles out of a kiddie pool using their feet and placing them into a cup. These marbles represented “sins” and the water in the pool represented “cleansing of sins.” The children also worked together by playing a sea turtle game, in which kids huddled in groups of four and balanced a beach ball on their backs while moving towards a basket. Volunteers Ana Rivenburg, Cloe Van Fleet and Sarah Kinback helped with the outdoor games.
“I like it,” said Kinback. “It’s really fun. I did it (VBS) when I was a kid. It’s nice to see other kids experience what I did.”
Kids also learned in a class called Bible Discovery. They were given “dirty” rags (which symbolized sin) by volunteers Victorya Lenz, Shannon Malamud and Casey Chermak. The volunteers used clean rags to wipe the hands of the children, representing the washing away of sins.
Kids showed their parents all the songs they had learned at Friday night’s closing ceremony, each song praising Jesus. Pastor TJ McCabe beatboxed while he kids rapped a song “Hip Hop, Jesus Rocks.”
Six-year-old Asher Rozenburg, whose 9-year-old sister Charlotte also attended the VBS, enjoyed the week.
“I love VBS,” he said. “There are a lot of fun activities.”
Each year, Dalton UMC’s VBS raises money for a cause. This year, it raised money for a local Special Olympics.
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