The Lacombe Free Reformed Church’s Vacation Bible School is back for its fifth year of free activities for kids.
Each year, children are invited to sign up for a free week of Vacation Bible Camp. It includes games, puzzles, age appropriate Bible studies, music and more.
“First and foremost, every kid is welcome. We run it for ages four to 12, for any kid in Lacombe. It’s a free program so you can sign your kids up, and everything is included,” said one of the Program Developers Pamela Neuman.
Starting on July 21st at 9:30 a.m., kids can enjoy two hours a day for five days of learning the Bible through songs, colouring, games, puzzles and interactions with the Free Reformed Church’s Pastor Scott Dibbet.
Kids will experience parable stories. This is done through a multitude of interaction between the other children, adults and creative actions. “Generally, our participation is about half kids from our church, and about half kids from the community. This year especially we seem to be having a really great response. We’re running in July instead of August like last year and the years before that. I think with us being a bit earlier in the summer, kids are looking for something to do this time of summer and there’s a bit more interest in our program,” said Neuman.
The program has been running strong for five years, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and families from the church.
“We have a fairly young church, so it’s lots of young families, so there are lots of kids who are looking for things to do in the summer. We thought this would be a great project to take on, so we could provide some activities for kids in our church as well as other kids in the community,” said Neuman.
“We looked into it in our denomination and they had a really nice, comprehensive program that has 10 years’ worth of themes, and booklets to print and craft ideas and things like that. Once we saw that there was that support and information, we went ahead with (the Vacation Bible School).”
Children are broken into three groups assigned by ages. Activities are tailored to the groups and will help the children better understand the parables that they will explore. There are crafts, games, puzzles and songs to be learned.
The groups will come together on the final day of the camp and present their songs to their parents. For those interested in taking part, registration can be done by emailing email@example.com or by calling Helma at 403-369-1944.
The camp goes from July 21st to July 25th and will be located at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.