El Dorado First Baptist Church held its annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) the week of July 6 – 10. This year’s theme was “Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through” and it was quite the adventure with the train theme everywhere you looked throughout the church.
VBS students learned about the power of Jesus to help them in all of life’s situations, through a variety of daily activities. Small groups rotated through stations that were conducted by volunteers.
Stations included bible story time, games, crafts, snacks and songs. Each station incorporated a daily verse that coordinated with the theme. For students who memorized all of the week’s verses earned a special ribbon at the end.
This year’s mission focus was on the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center (PFRC).
According to Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Matt Click, “We love what they’re doing in this community. They have such a high regard for the value of human life, for babies, for moms and for families.”
Click said, “We felt like, when talking about being missional, we really wanted to help our kids foster and cultivate that love for what PFRC is doing.”
Allison Barkus, Nurse Manager with PFRC, and volunteer model Noel Hatfield, joined the Middle School group to talk about the mission on PFRC and demonstrate a sonogram. Providing free ultrasounds are part of the mission of PFRC.
Throughout the week, students brought in money that they obtained through a variety of ways including extra chores at home and multiple lemonade stands and bake sales.
A healthy competition teamed the girls against the boys and brought in over $2700. Their goal is $3,000 and each year, on the Sunday following VBS, the El Dorado First Baptist Church family collects a special offering to assist the VBS with reaching their goal.
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