Vacation Bible School is one of those things that was created in the program era of the institutionalized church. Every church community was doing one, and for the most part they were well received and attended.
For many, it’s lost it’s flavor and importance. For others, it still has nostalgic value. Yet to others still very much relevant to who they are and where they are at.
For the past two years, East Petersburg Mennonite Church has worked to do something different with their Vacation Bible School. We’ve seen it become a place of shared story and experience, introducing people to a new world they aren’t normally in touch with.
I think the team is on to something.
From July 31st through August 4th; East Petersburg Mennonite Church will be hosting a unique cross cultural Vacation Bible School experience designed by Wycliffe Bible Translators; at 6279 Main Street in East Petersburg, PA.
All Children, five years of age through 6th grade, are invited to experience a firsthand glance into a world that is much different than our own through Wycliffe’s “Summer Around the World.” This experience runs from July 31st to Aug 4th and will happen in the evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
“Summer Around the World” is a five-day program where kids get to travel the world with Kate — a Wycliffe missionary kid — and her best friend, Mack. Each day focuses on a different region: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Kids will learn about different languages and cultures, meet characters from different countries, play international games, make unique crafts, and so much more. Most importantly, they’ll learn how much God loves his children, no matter what language they speak.
East Petersburg Mennonite Church hosted a similar unique cross cultural Vacation Bible School last year, through Compassion International, and it was well received.
This experience is being facilitated by Youth Pastor Chelsea Delp, who says; “I’m looking forward to this exciting week of learning together about other cultures, languages and the uniting love of God.”
East Petersburg Mennonite Church is a community that is learning to live and love like Jesus. More information about East Petersburg Mennonite Church and their Vacation Bible School can be found online at www.eastpetemc.org or by calling (717) 569-9931.
For more than 70 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages. We also help with language development, literacy and other spiritual and physical needs.
I hope you consider checking it out. You can register online.