Submitted by Edith Laktzian
“Do Good, Seek Peace, and Go After It!” was the motto for East St. Louis Trinity’s annual Vacation Bible School held June 19-24. Utilizing Cokesbury VBS curriculum Hero Central, activities and learning focused on”taking kids on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God.” This event was organized and led by Trinity’s certified lay Minister Edith Laktzian.
Hero Central VBS at East St. Trinity had an excellent turnout with an average attendance of 35 children, ages 5-13, per night along with parents. Many of the children attending the VBS came from East St. Louis Trinity’s surrounding neighborhoods.
In addition to an excellent turn out and participation by neighborhood children, several Trinity church members participated. Church members, who staffed the VBS event, transformed into actual hero characters with daily missions for participants and also provided a meal each night.
East St. Louis Trinity implemented Hero Central VBS using “outer space” imagery through characters and activities that included Hola Hooping, Moon Stepping Contest, Bubble Building Balloon, and Space Volleyball. Learning stations were also set up with team leaders who helped team members learn to sew, make costume designs with shields, warrior bracelets and crest in the Space Creationstation. Team members also created the Assembly Headquarters for children to gather each night and receive daily missions. Team members also led class discussions on topics like “David as King”; “Abigail, the Warrior,” “Young Jesus gains wisdom,” “The Beatitudes and “Our Divine Power in the Holy Spirit.
A Snack Headquarters was available to offer Space Foods–hot dogs, smores, nachos, freeze pops, sub sandwiches pizza and World Famous East St. Louis style popcorn–for participants. The high point of the VBS event was when participants had a chance to experience Greg , a chemist, create Space Slime out of Space homemade ice cream.
Hero Central VBS at East St. Trinity ended with the awarding of certificates and prizes to participants with team members and parents in attendance. “Do Good, Seek Peace, and Go After It!” what a motto to carry forth as East St. Louis Trinity UMC continues to engage its community through faith in action.