Vacation Bible School Recap

The Kingdom of God is among you.
— Luke 17.21 
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Summer is a time of growth. The grass grows faster than we can mow it. Garden vegetables and flowers grow and provide beauty and sustenance. Children grow taller and stronger playing in the sun, running and swimming. Summer also falls during the liturgical season of Ordinary Time between Pentecost and Advent and as such, is intended to be a season of spiritual growth. During last week’s Pilgrimage Vacation Bible School, our parish children experienced some amazing spiritual growth. 

Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman, Anna L. Liechty, and Judith Harris Chase, Pilgrimage: Seeking the Kingdom of God is a Vacation Bible School designed to teach children how to seek spiritual direction in today’s world. We learned by participating in a re-creation of Medieval Pilgrimage. We imagined that we were Pilgrims traveling to distant lands, such as Italy, England, and Spain. We learned music and created art while exploring the lives of Biblical and Medieval Saints who lived out the teachings of Jesus. Scripture lessons are woven through the experience in the form of stories and memory verses. 

If you are at Trinity this week, make sure to take a look at the Children’s Bulletin Board, across from the Parish Hall, to see a sampling of the crafts we made over the course of the week. There are Roman Mosaics, Stained Glass windows, and more.  

What a wonderful week of incredible growth for all of our participants! We are already looking forward to next year’s VBS!

Stained glass craft.

Stained glass craft.

Pilgrimage Night to Canterbury involved trying on vestments to dress like St. Thomas Becket!

Pilgrimage Night to Canterbury involved trying on vestments to dress like St. Thomas Becket!

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Pilgrimage night to Scotland had very Scottish weather!

Pilgrimage night to Scotland had very Scottish weather!

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela — we mimicked the trek by walking all the way around the Trinity block.

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela — we mimicked the trek by walking all the way around the Trinity block.

Each night of VBS began with a blessing for the Pilgrims. On Friday the blessing by anointing with holy oil was given by the Rev. Joanne before our pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Ireland.

Each night of VBS began with a blessing for the Pilgrims. On Friday the blessing by anointing with holy oil was given by the Rev. Joanne before our pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Ireland.