Vacation Bible School
To mars and Beyond
To Mars and Beyond, Mission Complete
Dwight United Methodist Church held its Vacation Bible School from July 8th -July 12th. 35 children between K -5th grade were served. The theme was to Mars and Beyond, Explore How Far God’s Power Can Take You. The children learned daily power launchers of Go Beyond with Faith, Go Beyond with Boldness, Go Beyond with Kindness, Go Beyond with Thankfulness, and Go Beyond with Hope. The Bible stories were Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Queen Esther Takes a Stand, The Good Samaritan, Jesus Heals 10 Lepers, and The Walk to Emmaus. Everyone learned the Vector Verse of “Glory to God who can do far beyond all we ask or imagine by his power at work in us.” (Ephesians 3:20 CEB) Children sang fun and energetic songs like “To Mars and Beyond,” Even When the Lion’s Roar,” and “God Can Do.” The children had fun in crafts making lion’s masks, rockets, planets, and star canvases. During science time, the voyagers made different kind of rockets, galaxies in a bottle, and their own lava lamps. The snacks included making a lion’s face, a fruit crown, and edible moon with craters and rocks, and a friendly martian mix. At VBS, there was a mission project called Read for the Stars in which children brought in gently used children’s books. The goal was 200 books. The VBS children met that goal by Tuesday. The new goal was 400 books which was met on Thursday. Special donations were made by Dwight Grade School and Prairie Creek Library as well. By Friday, over 1,500 books had been brought in. The books will be going to Bernie’s Book Barn in Morris for distribution. God’s goodness and power truly helped us go far beyond what we had imagined! VBS concluded with a program of skits, power launchers and songs on July 14th at the 10:30 service. Following the service there was a lunch and then VBS Family Fun Day with bounce houses, cotton candy, and snow cones. It was a great week!
I wish to extend a huge thank you for to all those who helped make decorations and craft preparations, those who helped set up the staging, those who donated snacks, those who brought in supplies from our wish list, everyone who adjusted their schedule to serve as they could, all who prayed for our children and staff, and all the youth, galactic guides, and station leaders who met our children with a smile and love for Jesus every day. It truly takes all these willing hands and hearts to serve our children.