Vacation Bible School 2021
Summer is the time for Vacation Bible School! “Journey with the Saints to the Mountains” was this year’s theme. God meets and visits his people on many, many mountain tops in stories throughout the Bible — Mount Ararat, Mount Sinai, Mount Tabor, Mount Zion, Mount of Olives, and the Sermon on the Mount. While we journeyed to biblical mountains on the first Friday night of VBS, on the second Friday night we traveled to the iconic mountains around the world—Mount Fuji, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest, and Mount Zermatt. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the “pilgrimage” was entirely outdoors this year. Fortunately, with the long California summer days and warmer temperatures, the pandemic safety guidelines were not cumbersome.
On the North Wing patio, participants gathered to hear a short teaching time and reflection on the Gospel message. After teaching time, the children pilgrimage to our outdoor labyrinth and into the campus gardens where that they hear more stories shared by parishioners. The children will see Beth of Galilee, Myrna’s Mountain, and a guest appearance made by Moses standing at the foot of Mount Sinai and beside the Burning Bush! Craft time will follow as well as dinner served on the patio. We have found that mac and cheese, dinosaur chicken nuggets, sliced apples, carrots, cookies, pita chips and hummus are a tried-and-true menu. Free time to play is also a favorite at the end of the evening before it is time to go home. This year, we added a final time of regrouping in a circle to share around a make-believe campfire.