PLATTSBURGH — Vacation Bible school season is well under way around the North Country.
At the Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene, “Sky” vacation Bible school will take children up, up and away on the word. The fun-packed program starts the week of July 9.
“‘Sky’ VBS emphasizes that everything is possible with God,” said Heidi Stitt, organizer. “The children are going to have an awesome time with Wild Blue Bible Adventures. We have our Skydive Diner. We have our Sky High crafts and adventure games.”
The school’s opening and closing features different skits with puppets.
“We have a pilot named Flash, and his emphasis is that he can turn to God no matter what situation he is in,” Stitt said. “It teaches kids no matter what is going on in their lives, they can trust God. No matter who you are, you can trust God. No matter what people do to you, you can trust God.”
Every day focuses on a Bible point.
“The kids just have a blast. Every child gets a free T-shirt and leaves with a prize,” Stitt said. “We have a mission emphasis this year, Kids Reaching Kids. We are raising funds for medical supplies for other countries that don’t have certain shots they need to save their lives. That’s a really cool ministry we’re involved in.”
Children are given an M&M canisters with a tiny baby motif.
“We tell them to go home and do a chore for your parents and bring back change so we can help some other children,” Stitt said.
The Plattsburgh Church of the Nazarene will have a float advertising ‘Sky’ VBS in the Fourth of July parade.
“It takes many hands,” said Stitt of the volunteers she’s working with. “Teens are helping and lots of adults.”
“IncrediWorld Amazement Park” is in full swing at First Assembly of God’s vacation Bible school in Plattsburgh.
“The fundamental theme of vacation Bible school this year is creation from the biblical standpoint and the fact that God made it (the world),” said Ronwyn Kneller, organizer. “It’s a very simple theme. How creation proves that God made it. Basically, we teach the kids from the fundamentals of creationism with the Bible as worldview.”
Each day has a different theme with various activities.
“For instance, yesterday our theme was worldview. Today, the theme is gospel. We have subheadings called ‘extreme.’ The kids learn about some extreme animals that got created like the angler fish or lantern fish. These fish live at the bottom of the sea and can stand pressure 140 times greater than humans. Every day, the kids learn scientific facts, and they learn just how God created these things. He made them so they can function within this extreme environment,” Kneller said. “The whole thing, it didn’t happen by chance. There was a creator behind it.”
Wednesday, the children studied desert animals such as the camel and fennec fox.
“The fennec fox lives in the desert, and God created it especially so it’s adapted to desert life: The fact that it has fur on its feet, big ears to keep it cool and light-colored fur that does not retain heat. Thermophiles live in volcanoes. They are tiny little creatures. Their name means heat-lover,” Kneller said.
The children, ages 3 through 12, participate each morning in an assembly in the sanctuary followed by Bible time, craft time, game time and snack time. The school begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at noon. The program ends today with an ice-cream social, where parents will be in attendance.
The children also learn a scripture each day.
“We learn the only thing that keeps us is the word of God,” Kneller said. “It’s fun learning the word and holding the word. One day, it will hold them in good stead.”