Lions, tigers and God

Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 22, 2012

Written by Tyler Spivey

St. Mark’s VBS studies took kids on a learning safari

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has enjoyed a safari-themed Vacation Bible School this week – SonQuest Rainforest.

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“I just thought it would be a fun theme for the kids,” said Elizabeth Dawson, director of VBS. “And I think it’s fun for kids of this age to kind of be able to go on an adventure and explore.”

According to Dawson, each day this week the children learned lessons that were not only related to the Bible, but also related to nature and rainforests.

Friday, the children participated in a treasure hunt and other activities including recreation, Bible stories, and music.

Dawson said the community has been more involved in VBS this year than it has in the previous 30 years of the program.

The director said she simply wants kids to understand God’s love for them. She also talked about the pleasure of seeing children learn about God.

“It’s incredible,” said Dawson. “It’s really great to see their faces light up,” she said, noting the children’s excitement.

According to Dawson, the staff works hard to make sure that the kids feel loved and welcome at the church.

Abby Ford, 7, said, “[I learned} about Jesus and the Sheppard.”

Ford said she was going to be participating in a play where she played the role of the sheppard.

Chase Vaznaian, 4, said he was enjoying listening and ‘being good.”

VBS at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church ended Friday with 14 kids enrolled.