2010 July 30
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:14AM
John Joseph

From July 12 through July 16, the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church campus was awash with activity for 125 children between preschool and grade six and 75 staff and volunteer leaders. The week’s theme was High Seas Expedition, and the event was Vacation Bible School 2010.


At 9:00am Monday through Friday, everyone rocked out in musical worship to the Lord. Immediately after, Bible schoolers began sailing through 20-minute activity stations, such as Bible Voyage, a set-decorated room in which Bible-clad leaders used props to teach Bible stories in first-person narrative. AtClipper Ship Crafts, kids assembled Biblical and nautical items, such as beaded name-badge lanyards, self-colored sailor caps, nautical bracelets, photos frames for class graduation portraits, textile-marker-decorated comfort pillows for use as reminders that God’s Word comforts us, scratch-art crafts, sticker scenes, and hand-tied fleece blankets destined for a a ministry for Peruvian women and children. Ship Rec Games creatively paired Bible-point lessons with team-building sports activities.


Goodies from the Galley included hand-made snacks coordinated to Bible lessons. For example, a yummy Gummi Worm atop a Nilla wafer in blue Jell-O represented Paul surviving a poisonous snake bite. (Acts 28:1–10)  


Bible school ended each day at noon after Floating Finale, another high-energy time of music-making in the sanctuary, Bible Buddy review, Bible point, Bible verse, and Bible story between songs. A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed the closing program on July 16.


The life-sized, rocking and rolling ship temporarily docked in the chancel of our church sanctuary has set sail for the next of three more churches who are sharing the High Seas Expedition set with us. Each of the four churches sharing the equipment represents one of four points on a compass, a metaphor for God’s Word . . . the guide for our moral lives.


     • N is Murrietta
     • S is National City
     • E is Santee
     • W is Coronado


Thanks beyond words to all the volunteers who devoted time, energy, and love to this summer ministry. Those on the Kirk Courier emailing list soon will receive a link to the online location of the Vacation Bible School highlights video. Not currently on the emailing list? Join The List Here.»


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