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Making a difference to children, one life at a time

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Posted on Thursday April 5, 2018


4First Baptist Church, Pembroke was excited to offer a March Break Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year. Traditionally, most Vacation Bible Schools run in the summer; however the planners felt that this would also be a good time of year because not every family heads off to Florida and as such, kids would be looking for a fun, local and low-cost option – the church offered the program for free.

As an outreach and service to the community, the teachers publicized the event through the newspaper, the community television channel, the radio and they even created a flyer that was posted in malls and delivered door to door in the neighbourhood.

That was enough to generate interest from community kids and, as a result, the program ran for three mornings, 13-15 March. The kids had a great time and so did the adult teachers and helpers – as they embarked on a three day journey entitled “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”

Learning through a time of teaching from the Bible each day was supplemented with crafts, games and interpretive singing and dancing. The kids even did some yummy baking as they made “Empty Tomb” rolls – a visual and fun reminder about the hope of Easter morning!
Judy St. Cyr, Carol Sollows and the other helpers were encouraged by the enthusiasm of the children. “That they were such eager participants was a real joy” Carol said, and Judy commented, “I don’t know who had more fun: the kids or us!” Working with the kids one on one was a result of having a smaller group, and the kids themselves got to form some new friendships in a short period of time.

The program and timing were in keeping with the renewed focus of the congregation to reach out to the community near and local to the church at 210 Mary Street. Families in the area of Mary and Moffatt Streets should watch for further initiatives in the coming months and feel free to come by and check them out.