Summer’s here, and so is Vacation Bible School

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

 

Photo courtesy of the Religious Support Center Engaged young people interact at the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel during a recent session. More than 300 children are participating here, at Wheeler Army Airfield and Helemano Military Reservation.

Photo courtesy of the Religious Support Center
Engaged young people interact at the Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel during a recent session. More than 300 children are participating here, at Wheeler Army Airfield and Helemano Military Reservation.

Religious Support Center
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Vacation Bible School is currently underway at the Main Post Chapel, with Monday through Friday sessons from 9 a.m. to noon.

The origins of Vacation Bible School can be traced back to 1894 when a Sunday school teacher, who also was a public school teacher, felt she was limited by time constraints in teaching the Bible to children. So she began a daily Bible school during the summer. This school lasted four weeks and had approximately 40 students.

Evolving from those modest beginnings, the tradition continues at the Main Post Chapel. This week, 375 children and volunteers from all over Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Helemano Military Reservation have made this event a great success.

2016 Cave Quest

This year’s theme, Cave Quest, is inspired by the idea of challenging fears and that everything is possible when we have the support of a team around us. Elementary-aged children visit multiple stations each day, learning themes that help them work together to overcome obstacles. Leaders help encourage kids to work as a team.

Finding hope, courage, direction, love and power by relying on someone greater then ourselves is the program’s key to success in a world that often relies on individual efforts. At Cave Quest, no activity stands alone. The school helps children learn about God and the value of working together.

This year’s leaders, June Cooper, Crystal Brown and Annette Andrus-Keough, of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, are encouraging VBS Kids to earn money at home by doing extra chores to support others. We as a military and chapel community can help children in need.

One stated goal of the fundraising effort is to earn money to buy school uniforms, T-shirts, as well as needed school supplies. This year’s Vacation Bible School, Cave Quest, is partnering with an elementary school in Waianae. The partner school currently has 70 students in need of help.

Money raised during Cave Quest will help support these children in need,  providing funds to purchase school supplies and more.

Leaders agreed Cave Quest was a great way for the children of this military community to learn about selfless service and to put faith in action. Both parents and participating students were excited by the opportunity to help.

All military families are welcome to attend VBS, whether they are involved in a chapel or not.

Vacation Bible School will continue on at Main Post Chapel all week and at Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel June 20 to 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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