Updated: Jun 27, 2019
In early 2018, Ramah Presbyterian Church decided to take their summer VBS program outside the walls of their congregation. "We feel called by God to seek new ways of spiritual development for ourselves and others," says Rev. Brian Copeland. For the second year in a row, they have gathered their team of dedicated volunteers and packed up their cars with all the curriculum supplies, arts-and-crafts items, music, and games and sports equipment and come over to Huntington Green for a week with our children.
Ramah's tremendous hands-on partnership in this way, along with the generosity of Catawba Presbyterian Church for the use of their space, is a huge gift to our children. They even pay for an ice cream truck to come and give each child a treat of her or his choice. On Monday, June 17, some 62 children attended VBS, and by the end of the week, there were more than 70 kids loudly singing and dancing to, "Every Good Thing."
Pastor Brian is all smiles and very energetic as he shares the Bible lesson each morning. "I LOVE kiddos! While I do enjoy sharing scripture, I’m willing to work in any capacity. At VBS there are no small jobs."
The volunteers tell us the children are attentive and well-mannered, and they enjoy their enthusiasm. Kim Bradford is the coordinator of VBS each year, and she says it's a much-anticipated week for Ramah. "We couldn't believe that more and more children showed up every day! It was wonderful." She added that some of the young children were a little reluctant to join in at the start of the first day, but were laughing loudly and playing within an hour. "And, when a couple of older kids heard from their younger siblings how much fun they'd had, they showed up the next day!" Several of Ramah's volunteers, who'd been told they weren't going to be needed every day, came anyway because of the positive energy and abundance of smiles.
"All our volunteers rave about their experience with these kids!" says Pastor Brian. "While we realize the children benefit from VBS, our lives are enriched by them as well."
Take a look at the video from the week HERE. We were so awed by how excited and ready to learn the children were; they had tons of fun and built relationships with one another ... and got to know God in new ways. Thank you, Ramah Presbyterian Church — you rock!