MONTDALE — During Super Summer Slam Week (July 9-13), children of Evangelical Free Bible Church had just as much fun both inside and outside the Joe Terry Civic Center. They participated in fun activities through the Vacation Bible School theme “Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future.” The topic of this theme is seeing Jesus through history and inside the gymnasium of the civic center, kids learned Jesus’ past, present, and future through minerals, which are only made by God.
“We are still using minerals today,” said Dan Miller, pastor of Evangelical Free Bible Church.
Abington Heights high school teacher Dan Walter taught certain minerals represent Jesus, including that garnet symbolizes Jesus’ dying for our sins and carnelian represents Jesus appearing to people like the burning bush. Emerald represents how Jesus wants to give us life, and lapis lazuli represents Jesus wanting to spend eternity with us.
Outdoor fun included gamma ball, nine-square, and kickball. The full week of sunny weather was good for all the water activities the Super Summer Slam had in store. The kids had water balloon fights, raced down water slides and went to the East Branch Tunkhannock Creek in the civic center’s backyard where they used little nets to search for macro-invertebrates such as crawfish, dragonfly nymphs, and crane flies.
“I like exploring the creek,” said 5-year-old Noah Tajan, of Clarks Summit.
Tajan also enjoyed using sling-shooting dog food, another outdoor activity.
“I found crawfish at the creek,” said 5-year-old Luke Roberts, of Archbald. “We did obstacle courses, races, slingshots, and dances.”
This was Luke’s first year at the Super Summer Slam but the second year for his 8-year-old brother Chase. Their mother Liane Roberts volunteered to be a team leader for the first time.
“I love it,” Liane said. “I’m exhausted, but it’s worth it. The kids hear all about God and what to do to get into heaven. It’s a great experience.”
Clarks Summit resident Christen Robinson brought her 9-year-old daughter Ruby and 8-year-old son Calvin to the Summer Slam.
“They love that it’s outside all day, God-centered, and entertaining,” said Christen.
The children also enjoyed riding on the barrel trains and, this year, a second barrel train was built to accommodate more kids. The trains were driven by Pastor Mike Measley, associate pastor Joseph Ciasulli, Adam Rasbeck, and Grant DeBruyn.
Mike Measley’s wife Jen did storytime, which was also held outdoors. Each day of the week, she read excerpts from the book “God’s Smuggler” written by Brother Andrew, who visited Communist and Muslim countries to spread God’s word.
During the afternoon, kids watched live performances inside the civic center’s gym. On Thursday, Juggler Chris Ivey offered an amazing performance of juggling bean bags and other unorthodox items. He also let some of the kids join in his performance. Caleb Klees assisted Chris by catching bean bags in his hat while Jeffrey Barlow assisted him with juggling hats. Ivey incorporates Jesus in his performance and follows the theme “Will you Rust or Will You Trust?” During his performances, he uses chains which represent worries. The trust represents the freedom from the worries.
“These are some of the best kids in the world,” he said. “The best staff. They’re amazing.”
Animal trainer and master falconer Jack Hubley from Mount Gretna visited the Vacation Bible School Friday and exhibited animals native to Pennsylvania. He showed a skunk named Skippy and displayed a red-tailed hawk, which had been rescued after being hit by a car on I-81. He also showed a full-grown male American kestrel named Stubley, which weighs only 3 ounces. Some of the animals are the largest of their kind in the state of Pennsylvania. A majestic-looking great-horn owl was perched on Hubley’s arm for kids to see. The kids were in awe when they saw a black rat snake, the largest snake in Pennsylvania. Five Super Summer Slam students were able to hold it from head to tail.
“My program is nature wildlife, including mammals, snakes, and birds of prey,” said Hubley.
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