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St. John VBS grateful for support from community

  • VBS students in St. John Lutheran Church.

    VBS students in St. John Lutheran Church.
    Courtesy of Carolyn Schwent/St. John Church

  • Karen Miller and VBS students pose near the Splash Canyon props built by Miller.

    Karen Miller and VBS students pose near the Splash Canyon props built by Miller.
    Courtesy of Carolyn Schwent/St. John Church

Submitted by St. John Lutheran Church
updated: 7/31/2019 3:12 PM

More than 65 kids took part in this summer's vacation Bible school hosted by St. John Lutheran Church in Chester. The students enjoyed crafts, games, music and cooking activities related to Bible Stories each evening.

The Splash Canyon theme shared the message, "God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride". The theme was enhanced with a colorful display designed and built by St. John member Karen Miller, with forest trees, a sparkling waterfall, stone cliffs and a shiny pool.

Students reviewed a Bible story to begin each evening and then rotated through the stations. The Rain Gutter Relay, 12 Stones Relay, and Dirty Water Wash Cloth Relay were enjoyed in the games station. The fun crafts included sand art, camp binoculars, a VBS prayer journal, a coin purse and s'mores ornaments. At the cooking station, students built chip and dip baskets and made river-crossing crackers and Jordan River Mix. Each evening closed with group devotions and music.

Attendance prizes were donated by generous Chester businesses including McDonald's, Hardee's, Domino's, Casey's, Joe's Pizza and Pasta, Reid's Harvest House, Jodi's Farmhouse, St. Nicholas Landmark and Chester Video.

During the 5 p.m. worship service on July 20, children shared the songs they learned at VBS. Following the service, a delicious luncheon was held in the Parish Hall, where more than 90 students, family members and guests enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chips, ice cream, fancy toppings, cookies, brownies and many extras. A video set to lively music played during the evening. The video was prepared by Chris Urquhart and included action photos of the children during the VBS event.

Items for the evening luncheon were donated or prepared by Mildred Amschler, Gilster Mary Lee Corp., Linda Rowold, Lisa Meade, Buena Vista Bank, Bernie and Carolyn Colvis, Jim and Rosemary Oetting. Many volunteers assisted with setup, preparation, serving and cleanup.

St. John Lutheran Church appreciates the more than 30 adult volunteers who worked to make this Splash Canyon VBS a success and the generous donations from local businesses. Many students enjoyed and celebrated "God's Faithfulness on Life's Wild Ride."