Elkhorn Valley Assembly of God’s growing youth program took another step over the weekend when the West Point church held its first vacation Bible school in years – “maybe even the first ever,” Pastor Ray Libby said.
“We’re not a big church, but we are growing,” the sixth year pastor added, “and our youth program is encouraging.”
Right at 42 local youths filled the church by the end of the two-day Bible school, VBS coordinator Heather Richards said. About 35 were there Saturday and seven more joined by Sunday.
The Bible school wrapped up with a celebration during Sunday’s worship service.
And the children who attended the VBS went home with more than a greater understanding of God’s word. They also took home a backpack full of school supplies – notebooks, pencils, glue, etc.
The backpacks came from Rural Compassion, a national initiative to strengthen rural churches to work outside their walls to address the needs in their communities.
Pastor Libby said he first became aware of Rural Compassion and its mission about four years ago. Elkhorn Valley Assembly of God now supports that project.
Rural Compassion also partners with Convoy of Hope to provide disaster relief around the U.S.
The local church received 60 backpacks and gave one to each of the 42 Bible school children. Others went to some of those students’ siblings who couldn’t attend.
Heather said the children had fun at VBS. The theme was “Hay Day!” and children learned Bible stories through games and activities. One activity was making flower pots, and students were given seeds to share with their families and anyone else they chose.
Next up on the Elkhorn Valley Assembly of God’s activities is a Fall Kick Off, set for Sunday, Aug. 25.
After the 10 a.m. service that day, several games for adults and children – including inflatables – will be enjoyed from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. It will also include a meal. The public is invited.