Vacation Bible School
More information will be coming, but here's some quick info on the success of 2017 VBS!
75 children attended
19 teens helped
Over $225 was raised for Hearts for Addie in addition to a sizable donation to the Farmington Food Pantry!
VBS has long been an important outreach for our church. July 17 – 21, 2016, we partnered with the First Baptist Church of Farmington and Faith Presbyterian Church of Yates City. Each evening supper and later in the evening snacks were provided for 68 to 77 children. Once their stomachs were full and energy level up the fun began! The children loved the food, music, crafts, recreation and learned about how Jesus gives us Hope, Courage, Direction, Love and Power. We also focused on who God is (our Father in Heaven) and who Jesus is (God’s son) and how we are all brothers and sisters in Christ… A Family!!
Our two mission projects were about helping families. We filled the cave with canned food which was donated to the local food pantry to help families in need. The second mission was Hearts for Adi. This organization was founded by a local couple Mike and Danielle Nelson whose baby daughter had a heart defect at birth and lost her fight for life after 22 days. The Nelsons started Hearts for Adi in memory of their daughter. The donations provide meal and gas cards, stuffed animals and other needed supplies to families whose babies are in the NICU and PICU at OSF St. Francis hospital. The nightly offerings went to Hearts for Adi and the children donated 221 food items for the food pantry.
We were able to provide each child that attended Bible School their very own small New Testament Bible thanks to the generosity of Gideons International. It truly touches the heart when parents post pictures on Facebook of their children reading their bibles that we gave them!
Spreading the love of Christ!!!! That is what we are all about! This one week event allowed us to touch the lives of approximately 83 children and 22 teen helpers!
We are looking forward to our upcoming VBS 2017 MAKER FUN FACTORY Created by God, Built for a Purpose! The Dates are July 30th through August 3rd. A meal will be served at 6:00 pm and VBS starts at 6:30, ending at 8:30.