VBS, late start this year

PHOTO PROVIDEDChildren act out the “Miraculous Mission” theme song at Vacation Bible School at the First Assembly of God in Plattsburgh.

PLATTSBURGH — It is Vacation Bible School time, and “Miraculous Mission” was the theme at the First Assembly of God in Plattsburgh.

“The way we’re set up during the day is the kids come in and check in on their tables with their teachers, and then they come into the sanctuary,” said Vanessa Roberts, director of the Vacation Bible School.

“We play songs that have actions to them. The kids are watching the videos on the screens, and other children on the screen are actually doing hand motions and things and singing the songs.”

THEOLOGY & FUN

The “Miraculous Mission” theme song was the crowd favorite.

“The ‘Miraculous Mission’ is taking the kids from the creation of the world, the creation of them, to Jesus rising from the dead and Jesus coming back for them,” Roberts said.

“The whole premise is children will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.”

Attendance averaged 50 children daily, who were directed by 25 adults and five teen helpers.

“After we had opening session, we let the kids go to their classes. We had different stations for them to go to. We had a different schedule, so they wouldn’t be running into each other.”

Classes were split between the 3 and 4 years olds, Kindergartners, first/second graders, third/fourth graders and fifth/sixth graders.

The students rotated through Bible study, crafts, snacks and game times.

“We were blessed that the weather was nice, so they were outside,” Roberts said.

“They did relay races. For the little kids, they just love playing on the playground. At the end of that, they came back for closing sessions and they were dismissed for the day.”

BIBLICAL LESSONS

“God Keeps his Promise” was a Bible topic.

“We took the Bible story about Abraham, how God spoke to Abraham and he told him to look up to the sky,” Roberts said.

“He said, ‘Can you see the number of the stars in the sky? You can’t count them, and that’s how many descendants that you’re going to have.’ It actually came to past that he became the father of many nations.

“And so the whole concept that we were teaching to kids is when God says something, whatever he says in the Bible, he is going to keep his word.”

On Thursday, the students created rocket ships out of plastic bottles.

“It was really cool,” she said.

“The kids loved it.”

The school’s goal is to teach children about Jesus.

“This morning, I asked children if they wanted to have Jesus as their best friend, and I think I had about 20 children that responded to that,” Roberts said.

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