Walk on the wild side

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOChildren and their parents sit in pews as they anxiously wait for the start of “Roar, Life is Wild, But God is Good” Vacation Bible School at the Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene.

PLATTSBURGH — “Roar, Life is Wild, But God is Good” was the Vacation Bible School’s theme at the Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene.

The school was held the second week of July from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and turnout was strong.

“The first night we had 93, and then we went to 85 and 83,” Children’s Director Heidi Stitt said.

“It just varies depending on baseball games and other activities in the community. Kids are busy.”

CHANGE CHANGES LIVES

The school’s theme was chosen to get children to understand that lots of things happen in life that seem unfair, scary.

“Sometimes life changes,” Stitt said.

“Sometimes it’s sad, but God is always good to help us through all of those things we go through.

“He always loves us. And, he’s always with us.”

SOUND OF MUSIC

Each night, all ages gather for “Sing and Play Roar.”

“They have great worship songs,” she said.

“There’s skits. The puppets are there. It’s just a fun time together.

“We talk about our offering. The kids are working really hard and bringing in money for the community Food Shelf. They are doing a super job.”

The children have donated more than $300 thus far.

“Which is amazing with kids bringing in their change,” Stitt said.

‘GOD IS GOOD’

After the sing-along, the children disperse to their groups to either participate in “Stampede Sports” or “Wild Bible Adventures” or head to the “Hungry Herd Cafe,” where they get snacks.

At the Imagination Station, volunteers teach the children crafts linked to the program’s theme.

“At the very end, it’s ‘Safari Celebration,’” Stitt said.

“That’s our closing. That’s when parents come in, and they can sing with us. We have another little skit or activity.

“Every night when they leave, they get a little prize for coming, and they get another M&M canister, which they bring their change back for the Food Shelf.

“They are really motivated to help our friends in the community, and they are having a great time learning that no matter what goes on, God is good.”

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