In Vernon, kids having fun learning about God


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Photos by Janet Redyke Youngsters enjoy crafts, stories, songs and snacks at Vacation Bible School in Vernon.




  • Pastor Connie Squire took over leadership of the Vernon church on July 1.




By Janet Redyke

Seventy kindergarten through sixth graders, 10 junior helpers, two college students and 40 adult volunteers were all smiles as they experienced the five-day vacation bible camp at Vernon United Methodist Church. This year’s theme, "Maker Fun Factory, Made by God, Built for Purpose," developed the idea that we all are made for a reason and human differences are precious, not something to be shunned.

With singing, dancing, stories, crafts and hands-on activities, the message of love, belonging, family and purpose were apparent throughout the entire non-denominational program.

“If we can get forth the message to children that God loves you and is there for you and you’re never really alone, we have done our job,” beamed vacation bible school director Lisa Border, as a station of children scaled a smaller version of the Wall of Jericho, while learning the Bible selection.

Newly appointed Vernon Methodist pastor Connie Squire, one of the adult volunteers, was excited to be part of this year’s activities.

“This is my first full-time appointment in a church,” Squire said.” I love it here in Vernon. Everyone is so friendly, and we have a strong, supportive congregation.”

Lisa Border referred to Squire as a “hands-on” pastor.

Highland Lakes church member Bob Reffelt volunteered his time at vacation bible school to involve the youngsters in the church’s community garden. Most of the plants, like tomatoes, squash, peppers, okra and kale were started indoors from seed.

Maker Fun Factory activities continued all week and concluded on Friday, Aug. 18.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Project launches summer lunch program
Local children who might have skipped lunch this summer are being fed wholesome, nutritious lunches as part of the United States...
Read more »

Renaissance coming to Newton
NEWTON — Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds.
Read more »
Image

Story times to begin July 9
NEWTON — Children as young as 6 months old through those entering Kindergarten are invited to Read & Play story times being held at each of the six Sussex County...
Read more »

Area chiropractoir helps drug awareness effort
The Sussex County Foundation for a Drug-Free World helped distribute over 2,000 Truth About Drugs booklets to seventh and eighth graders at Stewart Airport’s annual Y2Kids...
Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Local News
Project launches summer lunch program
  • Jun 15, 2018
Local News
Story times to begin July 9
  • Jun 15, 2018
Entertainment
Renaissance coming to Newton
  • Jun 15, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Lafayette, NJ