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July 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - July 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm


Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with your love
Show us how to serve
The neighbors we have from you.

Do these words sound familiar?  They are taken from a hymn that we sing on occasion at our Sunday services.  It sums up nicely the theme for our Vacation Bible School this year, held jointly with the Calhan United Methodist Church, on July 8th -12th here at St. Paul from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Animal Crackers is the name of our curriculum which is produced by Heifer International, the organization that works with the poor by providing food and income-producing animals.  You probably know them best by their unique requirement of “passing on the gift” – the giving of one or more offspring of a recipient’s animal to another family in need.  The curriculum helps children to see themselves as part of the global family.  They are able to develop a deeper appreciation of how people, animals, and plants live in harmony as God’s good creation, stressing the importance of sharing with others through scripture.

What does all of this mean for the children who will be attending VBS this year?  Fun and learning!  We’ll be having kid-friendly suppers, Bible stories, fun games, crafts, meaningful music and special guests that will help us understand and learn about God’s creation around us. (Hint: some of these “special guests” moo or cluck!) On the first night, the children will decide which animal they would like to purchase and give to a poor family.  A free will offering will be taken that night and the successive evenings to go toward that goal.  Of course, the children will not mind if others in the congregation would like to help them toward that goal!  It all adds up to a great time each evening as we gather together for supper first, then go on to the program of activities.

All children aged 3 through 6th grade are encouraged to join us, so tell all of your friends, neighbors, and children’s friends to join us beginning at 6:00 pm on July 8th. We hope to have a large “herd” of children attend this year!  For information about VBS and how to register your children, please call the church office at 347-2798. See you then!


July 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
July 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
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