The Main Post Chapel has been full of activity this week as more than 100 children have been taking part in the installation’s annual Vacation Bible School.
This year’s VBS, sponsored by the Religious Support Office, is themed “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,” runs from 9 a.m. to noon through Friday. The event is scheduled to be capped off with the Chaplain Corps Anniversary Celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the MPC.
“This week, the children and volunteers are castaways on Shipwrecked Island,” said Rachel Rondon, VBS coordinator. The program is designed to teach children traditional Christian values and features teaching, games, crafts, music and refreshments.
“Our desire is that both, children and adults, walk away from this week feeling anchored by God’s great love for them knowing that he is always with them and never stops loving them, even when life gets tough,” Rondon said.
The curriculum helps teach children faith-based solutions to loneliness, worry, struggle and powerlessness, Rondon said.
“The week is full of singing, dancing, science experiments and crafts, learning about real-life kids who experienced Jesus rescuing them during tough times,” Rondon said. “(They are) playing games, learning Bible stories, and fixing and eating yummy treats. The highlight of the week is the relationships the children build with each other and their crew leaders. Experiencing God’s love in a tangible way stays with children for years to come.”
Rondon said the post VBS would be impossible without volunteers.
“We have 54 wonderfully talented volunteers who are helping to make this week possible,” she said.
Veruschka Figueroa is one of those volunteers. She said she volunteered so she can share the joy of her faith with others.
“I want them to start and continue believing Jesus does care about them and he always will,” she said.
Following Friday’s dismissal, the RSO will cap off the week’s events with the Chaplain Corps Anniversary event from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to the event, which include a free lunch, fire department displays, a bounce house and more. A cake cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. under a tent in the parking lot.
For more information, call 573.596.2174.