VBS 2016 Wrap-Up



 A Wrap-Up from Vacation Bible School, 2016

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WOW! Our cave was filled with 76 children and 51 helpers as all the spelunkers set off on a week of learning about Following Jesus…The Light of The World! We are blessed indeed to have so many children and so many “missionaries” who shared the Love of Jesus with them!

Our groups of Preschoolers (Olivia the owl), Kindergartners (Ray the lightning bug), were the largest in numbers and so very enthusiastic in all they did…and Wow…can those littlest ones sing! 1st and 2nd graders (Sal the salamander), was also a very large group…and they made quite a sight roaming through our cave! 3rd and 4th graders (Mawtha the moth), were super spelunkers and another large group! Our 5th graders (Radar the bat), were a small but mighty group at the top of the heap and learning to be leaders for next year’s VBS!

Each day we brought a new adventure with “Clark”, aka Trevor, an amateur spelunker who needed a lot of help and guidance as he stumbled and fumbled trying to explore our cave!

At the beginning of each morning at Cave Quest, we learned a Bible Point and Bible Verse to help us remember how we can Follow Jesus…The Light of The World!

Day One we learned “Jesus gives us hope” and our Bible example was John the Baptist and our Key Verse was “O Lord, you alone are my Hope.” (Psalm 71:5)

Day Two we learned “Jesus gives us courage” as we heard all about Jesus and Peter walking on water…WE even got to walk on water too! Our Key Verse was “Take courage. I am here.” (Matthew 14:27)

Day Three we learned “Jesus gives us direction” as we heard all about Jesus’ sermon on the mount helping us learn how to live. Our Key verse was “He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:6)

Day Four we learned “Jesus gives us love” as we heard all about how Jesus died and came back to life! Our Key Verse was “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.” (1 John 3:16)

Day Five we learned “Jesus gives us his power” as we heard all about how Jesus ascends and empowers US, His followers! Our Key Verse was “Our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:7)

Each day the children traveled to different “Stations” and explored caves filled with ways we can Follow Jesus! Some of the stations the children visited were: Deep Bible Quest, Bible Adventure, KidVid Cinema, Cave Games, Spelunker Sports & Games, Imagination Stations, and Exploration Stations.

Probably one of the more anticipated stops in our exploration was the Cavern Cafe. Here we enjoyed tasty snacks which we helped assemble and which all fit with the Bible lesson we learned  that day. Yummy!

Our Mission Project this year was “Fill A Backpack – Fill A need” and our children brought in enough supplies to fill 6 large boxes. The boxes were delivered to the Armory in Wausau on Friday afternoon!

All-in-all, VBS 2016 was a great success. THANK YOU MEMBERS OF ST. MARKS for your generosity in giving needed items which helped make our VBS so special as we shared the message…Follow Jesus, the Light of the World! We are Blessed to have helped the children share Jesus’ Love.


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