VBS Reach in Creston, BC

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VBS Reach in Creston, BC
A church without children.  A church school which closed a decade ago.  A small rural retirement community with a shrinking school population.

Not the most promising circumstances in which to run a Vacation Bible School.  Unless, that is, you have a passion for childrens’ ministries. Ruth Graca and Patty Walters were not content to sit back and let this shape the future of the Creston Church in S.E. British Columbia.

They planned and organised a Vacation Bible School program that captivated the kindergarten, primary and junior children who joined together each morning from 9am to noon.   More than a dozen volunteers (men and women) provided an enthusiastic and energetic support team.  Attendance grew to 20 as the week went on and some of the parents stayed by to take in the activities.

Lively singing, Bible stories, crafts, science experiments, health instruction and outdoor activities focused on the theme of “Creation”.  The mornings ended with a healthy snack and fruit smoothies which the children helped to prepare.

On Sabbath morning, July 11, church members joined together with VBS participants and their families for a graduation program which was well received.

This is just the first step in our quest to REACH young families in this community.  Plans are being made to run a Sabbath morning children’s program with Bible stories and crafts so that we do not lose contact with our VBS children.

Averil and Ian Cotton, Communications, Creston SDA Church

         Ruth Graca opened each day with lively singing

         Devotional time with Pastor Josue Molina

         Al Grace the “science guy”