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Vacation Church School 2016
June 20-24, 2016
9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Ages 3 (by Aug. 31, 2015) - 5th grade

Youth and adult volunteers needed!
Contact Kathleen Mayfield-Garcia or Elizabeth Thompson. Church School 2015
“In God we live, move, and exist.” Acts 17:28a

At this year’s Vacation Church School 212 children visited the G-Force Zone and experienced God’s unstoppable love and learned how to show God’s love in action. During each day’s assembly, children, youth, and adults celebrated God through movement, singing, drama, and storytelling. We were joined by Checkers the Cheetah who helped us learn to move, act, care, follow, and share with God.

Our VCS navigators zoomed through craft, music, movement, and new science zones.  Additionally, 30 young children of our adult helpers shared in a fun nursery experience.

VCS was also a week of service. We collected 200 sporting goods items for Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County and a $75 donation by White Memorial’s Circle C. The 3-year-olds and kindergarteners made homeless kits for their families to keep in their cars for when they encounter someone in need. The 4th and 5th graders made blankets that will be delivered to Interact. Our 4th and 5th graders shared G-Force songs with Morningside residents on Friday and led our closing worship service. 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 146 adults and 66 youth who led and mentored our children and helped to make our G-Force VCS a wonderful celebration of God’s love in action.

Next year’s Vacation Church School, directed by 
Kathleen Mayfield-Garcia and Elizabeth Thompson, will be June 20-24, 2016.   
Join us for another great week of growing in faith together!
Questions?  Contact
 Lynn Springfield (919-834-3425, ext. 232).

Midsummer Celebrations: God’s Surprises

At Midsummer Celebrations, July 27-30, children from five sister churches along Oberlin Road experienced what it means to be surprised by God. Through interactive games, drama, collaborative art, yoga, and exuberant music, children learned that God surprises God’s people not by providing exactly what they expected and wanted, but by providing and being exactly what each needed. As their service project, the children spun off the Loaves and Fishes story by preparing jars of soup mix for Wilson Temple’s food pantry.

We look forward to another Midsummer Celebrations on July 25-28, 2016! We are delighted that our attendance was 50% higher this year than last year, and we hope that even more of our 2nd through 5th graders will be blessed by this multicultural faith experience next year. Questions? Contact 
Lynn Springfield.