Dear VBC families,
We had another wonderful day of VBC! So many seeds of peace are being planted – literally and figuratively - at St. Thomas this week!
Thank you so much for…
- Remembering sunscreen. The weather is a bit cooler and cloudier, but it is still a good idea.
- Remembering hydration before and after VBC. Personal water bottles are welcome – please label them.
- Remembering shoes or sandals that are secured to campers’ feet. Safety is our first priority.
- Donating healthy snacks for our community outreach project. See attachment and look for the bin as you enter the church.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is a little different at VBC. We will have a short, camper friendly Holy Eucharist with communion at 10:05 am - in place of the Storytelling and Chapel stations. All campers and volunteers will attend and are welcome to take communion. If you prefer for your child not to take communion – or he/she is not comfortable doing so – he/she can still come to the altar for a blessing. Our volunteers will help model what to do for communion and blessings. The altar is Jesus’ table, and all are welcome. Taking communion, receiving a blessing, or staying seated in the pew – all are okay. We respect your choices as parents, and we respect campers’ feelings. I have attached a copy of the service with readings and prayers. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Our priest, Mother Joan, will also be in church before and during the opening if you would like to speak with her.
What did campers do today?
- The craft project today was windchimes. Campers assembled beads, fishing line, and recycled silverware into unique and melodious windchimes. (Note – all projects will come home Friday – or sooner for campers not attending all week.)
- Storytelling connected peace to problem solving and conflict resolution through the story of Abram and Lot parting ways after a conflict. Peacemakers can bring peace in our communities by helping to solve problems and resolve conflicts. What valuable life skills!
- In Outreach campers learned about ProvHerbs Gardens – see attachment. St. Thomas has a ProvHerbs Garden, and today the campers harvested herbs for drying and planted seeds to grow more. These herbs are donated to local feeding programs where they are used to bring flavor to the meals that are served. I was intrigued when camper Matthew suggested I try using a little lavender in my lemonade. That sounds different but delicious!
- Snack was popcorn, string cheese, applesauce, and ice cold water. Whole grain, dairy/protein, and fruit - balanced and delicious!
- In Chapel campers read and acted out Abram’s journey with his family form Genesis 13. They thought about how hard it is to go to new places, taking everything you need with you – and your whole family too! Abram and Lot decided to go separate ways when the land could not sustain both families. Abram was flexible and let Lot choose his land first. God blessed Abram for this peace-keeping flexibility.
- In Recreation, campers played Red Light, Green Light. This was the most popular station today – hands down!
- In Music, campers learned another verse of “Plant a Seed” and continued thinking of their own group’s verse for “I’ve got peace like a river.”
Mark your calendars for 10:30 am this Sunday, August 5th. All VBC campers, their families, and volunteers are invited to St. Thomas for VBC Sunday. Campers can be in church with their adults or they are invited and encourage to attend Children’s Summer Formation in the Kids Club Room (VBC Craft Lab.) Campers will join the congregation at the Peace, and they will sing a special song during the offertory. Nursery care will also be available. Campers are encouraged to wear their camp T-shirts too!
This is my 16th year helping with a VBC. I don’t think I will ever tire of it. Getting to know new campers and seeing the growth of returning campers is truly a blessing to me. Every child comes to God in his or her own way, and I am so happy to be a small part of that journey.
Peace & blessings,