Vacation Bible School is busy place


Wyatt Smoke, Mac Finkbeiner and Konner Kendrick concentrate on getting across a “bog” on lily pads while game coordinator Kieth Finkbeiner watches during Vacation Bible School. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

United Lutheran Church Pastor James Robinson teaches a lesson during Vacation Bible School held Aug. 6-10 at the Federated Church. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

Waterville’s week-long Vacation Bible School, held this year at the Federated Church, was at its halfway point on Aug. 8 and was going strong.

With 63 registered participants, 10 teen helpers, and 18 adults including two pastors, there was quite a group engaged around the theme of “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”

After an opening time, the children broke into small groups and visited a number of stations in order to play games, have theme-related snacks, hear Bible lessons and engage in science activities.

Games were held in the sanctuary because the air outside was smoky. Leader Kieth Finkbeiner divided children into groups and gave each group the task of crossing the sanctuary on six plates decorated as lily pads. The task required cooperation, flexibility, communication, critical thinking and good jumping skills.

Chloe Davis has a snack of Goldfish crackers and apple slices. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

In the snack area, children watched a short movie related to the VBS theme and ate a snack of apple slices and Goldfish crackers. Logan Morris, a seventh-grader from Reardon, waited at the door to give children the Bible memory “buddy for the day.” Morris was visiting his grandparents Larry and Barb Richardson.

In another room, United Lutheran Pastor James Robinson presented a Bible lesson and in a basement Sunday School room, volunteer Wendy Nelson introduced the science activity for the day.

Organizer Kim Katovich thanked the Waterville Drug Free Coalition, that donated money for the purchase of the Bible memory buddies and science “gizmos.”

Vacation Bible School is a cooperative effort between the Federated Church and United Lutheran Church. It is hosted at the two churches in alternating years.