Vacation Church School
“You are the God who works wonders.” Psalm 77:14a
At Vacation Church School’s Workshop of Wonders, 253 children discovered how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God, the one who works wonders! Each morning during our assemblies, children, youth, and adults got in gear to celebrate God through movement, singing, and storytelling. With the help of Rivet, our friendly VCS ant, we learned to imagine, build, grow, work, and walk with God.
Our VCS visioneers met people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. We discovered how Esther used her imagination as she trusted God. We were encouraged to work and build with others through Ezra’s telling of the rebuilding of the Lord’s House. Through the Parable of the Mustard Seed, we learned about having faith and growing with God. The story of the Feeding of the 5,000 demonstrated how God does extraordinary things through our work. And through the story of Walking to Emmaus, we became excited about sharing the good news of Jesus with others.
As our VCS visioneers were WOWed with crafts, snacks, games, music, storytelling, and fellowship, 31 young children of our adult helpers shared in a fun nursery experience, making it a joyous adventure for all.
VCS was also a week of service. We collected 276 needed items for Habitat for Humanity, including hammers, screwdrivers, work gloves, tape measures, nail aprons, painter’s tape, paintbrushes, carpenter’s pencils and other tools. Our three-year-olds planted petunias next to the Oberlin Road playground. Our fourth and fifth graders shared Workshop of Wonders songs with Morningside residents on Friday. In our final worship service, fifth graders were worship leaders, and the fourth and fifth grade Bottle Band led our congregation in a musical celebration. Our decorations and curriculum will be reused by St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and other sister churches in the New Hope Presbytery.
We are grateful for the 151 adults and 67 youth who helped to make our VCS Workshop of Wonders a wonderful celebration of our shared faith.
Duval Fisher and Mandy Patterson
Coordinators and Teachers
Kristen Ange, Cynthia Baggett, Anna Baird, Lee Baker, Anna Bazemore, Suzanna Beamish, Maggie Black, Barbara Bond, Cheryl Bowman, Jennifer Brock, Jean Brunson, Wendy Burkard, Tammy Cloutier, Hanna Compton, Dorothy Crowder, Erin Duffy, Marlet Edwards, Olivia Edwards, Meg Ellis, Tiska Farnham, Katie Gillespie, Erin Goettsch, Kelly Gold, Melissa Graham, Betsy Green, Carter Grimes, Rebecca Hancock, Julie Hardesty, Nancy Hardison, Carey Harris, Carol Holt, Heather Kraudel, Emily Lackey, Ann Lichtner, Cissy Livengood, Paige Marsh, Harris Mason, Jordan McCorkle, Donna Mehr, Judy Mullins, Joelle Pemberton, Kristen Rittenmeyer, Elizabeth Robinson, Carla Sevilla, Lindsay Smith, Cheryl Tarditi, Elizabeth Thompson, Karen Tinnesz, Brennan Vanderberry, Lee Veit, Kathy Volcjak, Jessica Wahler, Rachel Walker, Anne Wein, Tricia Weston, Jeanine White, Kristi Wilson, Kristy Wood, Heather York, Jill Zechini, Karl Zinsmeister, Lora Zinsmeister
VCS Adult Volunteers
Tricia Alexander, Jane Bailey Andrews, Morgan Angley, Lynn Ashby, Beth Bock, Kristye Brackett, Diane Britt, Nancy Brothers, Abby Collins, Julie Daly, Jennifer Eastman, Sally Ferrara, Emily Funderburk, Carl Hibbert, Susie Jackson, Polly Jasmin, Ashley Jennings, Jenni Jones, Kimberly Layton, Jerri Lemanski, Marty Long, Tiffany Lund, John McNeill, Urania Mitchell, Terree Montgomery, Suzanne Morrison, Jennifer Munford, Sara Noah, Lisa Obernesser, Lillian Poole, Nancy Reams, Victoria Rectanus, Eloise Robinson, Tamara Shatterly, Kristen Sloop, Beth Spano, Alyson Tuck, Carol Wagoner, Anita Waller, Anne Wallwork, June Anne Ward, Anne Wein, Charity Wyatt
In addition to the people listed above, these gracious people and other anonymous bakers nourished our bodies and spirits throughout the week:
Lili Ball, Brandon Baron, Kathryn Bell, Fran Botzis, Lori Bourne, Joy Bowen, Nancy Brewer, Lisa Brown, Caroline Carr, Ansley Cella, Laura Clark, Lee Craven, Sunya Crofton, Jill Darnell, Alexandra Flynn, Lucy Fountain, Marian Godwin, Tricia Goodson, Fran Gulley, Debbie Haile, Ann Hanley, Alison Hawse, Mandy Hayes, Amanda Hoyle, Stacey Jennings, Bennett Jones, Kimberly Layton, Cindy Lochbaum, Julie Lyons, Donna Mallard, Jennifer Martin, Caprice McNeill, Katherine Messenger, Kim O’Han, Jennifer Orr, April Perdue, Julie Sandridge, Catherine Scott, Kristin Seale, Ashley Taylor, Donna Thagard, Nancy Thompson, Brandy Vannoy, Caroline Wall, Walker Wilson
Julia Allen, Jack Ashby, Wyatt Baggett, Cameron Baird, Charles Bell, Elizabeth Bell, Sarah Bourne, Alexx Brown, Ben Brown, Michael Brown, Elizabeth Bryant, Addie Camak, Hayes Chamblee, David Clark, Jada Coleman, Aidan Colvin, Annabelle Corchiani, Emma Crofton, Lily Crofton, Maggie Duffy, Zoe Durland, Jake Green, Ryan Haar, Elizabeth Haigler, Grace Haile, Kathryn Haile, Madeline Haneline, Jack Hanley, Meg Hardesty, Liza Hartzog, Hannah Harvey, Jack Hensley, Julia Hensley, Wooten Joyce, Emily Clarke Joyner, Blair King, Sarah Grace Lasso, Abigail Livengood, Richard Lochbaum, Mary Mac Lyons, Lindsay Mallard, Camille Martin, Lillienne Martin, Ben Mason, Alex McNeill, Jack Messenger, Annie Morse, Matthew Nunnally, Robbie O’Han, LQ Patterson, Jake Pulley, Annie Mac Riley, Carly Rittenmeyer, Lindsey Rittenmeyer, Margaret Robertson, Kate Sabiston, Sally Sandridge, Clay Schrum, John Staton Scott, Sally Smith, Lawson Strickland, Betsy Teel, Trey Tierney, Sarah Volcjak, Davis Willard, Emma Willard, Emily Wilson
Vacation Church School 2015, directed by Carol Holt and Kristy Wood, will be June 15-19, 2015. Join us for another great week of growing in faith together! Questions? Contact Lynn Springfield (919-834-3425, ext. 232).
Grandparent & Grandchild Day Camp 2014
Don’t miss this day of intergenerational fun with someone special to learn more about the origin of flight at the Grandparent and Grandchild Day Camp. Camp will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a bible story, craft, games and lunch. This event is for children ages 4, by October 15, 2014, through first grade and a grandparent or special friend. Cost is $16.00 for one child and one grandparent and $8.00 per additional participant. Registration form and payment must be mailed to the church office by June 15, to WMPC, attention Daniella Kamis-Brown.
Questions: Tracey Daniel (staff) or Daniella Kamis-Brown
Join children from the Oberlin Road Churches and our community friends for 4 nights as Special Agents for God. Through fun activities, we will learn about young people in the Bible who were special agents for God. Come for supper, exciting activities, and a lively worship service each evening.
Dates: Monday, July 21 − Thursday, July 24, 2014
Times: 6:00 − 8:15 p.m. Ages: Current 2nd − 5th grades (2013-2014)
Cost: $15.00 Location: WMPC
Questions? Harriet Worley, 919-782-9637 or Lynn Springfield (staff), 919-834-2425, ext. 232
Toddlers and infants may attend our Summer Mother's Morning Out Program for six sessions in July and August from 9:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
Contact: Carolyn Pittman (staff), 919-834-3425 ext. 233