The Youth Team from the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, Oregon put on Chico Grace Brethren’s Vacation Bible School which brought a total of thirty-six kids to our church and nourished six decisions for Christ.
by Beth Deseelhorst
Vacation Bible School, themed SHINE, burst onto Chico Grace Brethren’s campus the week of July 14 through July 18, targeting ages 5-12. The youth group of 20 high school students and nine adult leaders from Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, Oregon, planned and produced CGB’s first Vacation Bible School in two years under the leadership of EBC’s high school youth, supervised by EBC Youth Pastor Nathan Ensz and his wife, Kelsey. Chico Grace Brethren volunteers provided lunches and three dinners for the youth group and snacks and drinks for the children.
There was a total of 36 children who attended VBS week, many of whom were our very own CGB children. I hung out in the VBS action for two days, and came away wishing all the parents could have attended incognito. They would have been amazed and joyous over the interaction of their children at VBS. Under the guidance of the youth leaders, every child–the shy and the unshy–embraced the relaxation and quiet times as fully as the recreation and game times. Six children decided to receive Christ, and two children re-dedicated their lives to Christ during the VBS week!
Each day began, and ended, with all children congregated in the sanctuary for songs, questions and prizes, short skits, interactive songs and prayer. After the opening wake-up songs and prayer, the children went to their age-grouped classes. Most bible lessons were played out with costumed biblical characters, narration and discussion afterward. Classes rotated through crafts, bible lessons, outdoor games, and snacks.
“What did you learn this week?” one of the VBS leaders asked the kids at Friday’s concluding session. Among the answers: “I learned about God,” “I learned I can’t play the piano unless I ask,” “Praise God every day”. Why does EBC do this type of missionary work? “To serve God, to stimulate the spiritual growth of the youth, to plant seeds of hope in children,” said Pastor Ensz. A youth leader elaborated, “I love serving God, plus this helps me learn more about how to move my talents and personal growth toward helping others in the best way that I can.”
“A big word of thanks,” Pastor Ensz added, “to the Grace Brethren Church family for their hospitality in hosting us. Your church gave in many ways and we are very grateful!”
“Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who
turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”