HMR chapel hosts first Vacation Bible School for keiki

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Volunteers Mark (left) and Stephanie McCorkle act out the Bible story of Esther during the teaching time portion of the VBS at the HMR chapel, July 23. (Photos by Capt. Matt McCraney, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Volunteers Mark (left) and Stephanie McCorkle act out the Bible story of Esther during the teaching time portion of the VBS at the HMR chapel, July 23. (Photos by Capt. Matt McCraney, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — The Helemano Military Reservation chapel hosted its first Vacation Bible School (VBS), here, July 21-25.

“The goal of VBS is to instruct kids on God’s love for them,” said Capt. Matt McCraney, battalion chaplain, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Comabt Team, 25th Infantry Division.

“This also gives us the chance to create more awareness in the community of the presence of HMR chapel,” McCraney added.

The theme for the class was “Kingdom Rock,” so everything was designed as if it were from the medieval times.

Volunteers line up for a photo during HMR chapel's first-ever VBS.

Volunteers line up for a photo during HMR chapel’s first-ever VBS.

VBS welcomed kids from the age of 4 through the sixth grade. Those who attended got to enjoy crafts, games and lessons about the Bible.

“Catching the kids early allows us to give them the best chance at a good start in life,” said Maj. Robert Crowley, senior chaplain, HMR chapel. “This is the way we can get our message to the kids.”

The class started its life back in January when Crowley went to the garrison chaplain with the idea of hosting a school at the HMR chapel.

“The garrison chaplain basically said ‘let’s do it’ when I brought up the whole idea,” said Crowley.

Going into the class, the ministry team set a goal to have 50 kids attend; by the third night, the class had surpassed that goal, according to the chaplain.

“The turnout for the event was greater than we had expected,” said McCraney. “We ended up feeding close to 100 people, volunteers included, for dinner each night.”

More than 20 volunteers helped make the entire event possible, including the chaplain’s wife, who helped with cooking for the youth.

“I want to thank every one of the volunteers who helped make this happen,” said Crowley.

In the eyes of the chaplains, this week of class was a success, and it gave them a chance to bring the small HMR community together.

“There is a great need for community and connection in HMR, as it is a small post away from the rest of the force,” said McCraney. “VBS gave us a chance to show God’s love in a practical way to the families of HMR while inviting them to become active in the chapel community.”

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