Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vacation Bible School

Schnickelfritz attended one of the neatest VBS programs last week.  We had to travel to a nearby town, but it was worth it.  Let me just say that this church has a real passion for reaching kids for Jesus.   A lot of the men in the church schedule their vacation at this time to participate.  Someone (or several ) with a sewing machine made costumes for the leaders and the kids to wear.  One day, storms rumbled in just when VBS was getting started.  They had an army of men and teens with umbrellas to escort us from the parking lot to the door and keep us dry.

The program was called Joseph: A Journey from Prison to Palace--a packaged program you can Google to learn more.   The highlight of the day was the visit to the marketplace held in the church's gym.  Kids were allowed to pick three activities by visiting various "stores": the Beautician/Barbershop--to get their eyes painted like Egyptians and their picture taken; the Toy Store--to make their own version of the Egyptian game Senet; the Embalmer--to decorate a cardboard sarcophagus; the Printers--to make their own piece of papyrus; the Brickmakers--to make bricks with mud and straw; the Bakery-- for snack time;  the Jewelers--to make their own jeweled neckwear.  Fritz's favorite stop was the animal pens where he made friends with a dog, a cat, a rooster, and a chinchilla .

Here's an overhead view of the marketplace.

The kids enter the marketplace through this elaborate gate.

This was before Pharoah ensalved the Israelites, so I guess they needed to advertise for help making bricks.

I don't know if the mummy is the shop's sign or a client.

The final day the children were allowed to play water games outdoors.  Schnickelfritz was a little too enthusiastic and got soaked.  Imagine my surprise when I picked him up and he was still dressed in his Egyptian clothes  (they had his regular clothes in a plastic bag for me to take home).


Laura O said...

All I can say is WOW! Talk about going all out for VBS. I'm a bit envious as we didn't get to do a VBS this summer. After years (10 of them) of doing AT LEAST one, I am in withdrawal that is only tempered by listening to all the past VBS music cds we own.

Vickie said...

WOW! This is awesome! So much interaction with the kids. The hands-on experience will stay with them for a long tme.

If it is alright with you, I'd like to share this with our VBS director for possible future idea.

Thanks. God's Blessings (I'm visiting from the Crew)


HomeschoolBlogger/Nova Scotia said...

Wow, what a fantastic VBS! Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

Catherine said...

WOW! What an amazing job! Ours was similar, but also very different. I loved the music choices and the crafts this year!

thehappyhomeschoolmom said...

Wow! What a great VBS! Stopping by on a Blog Walk to say hi!


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