May the VBS be with you

Hartselle church of Christ holds ‘Star Wars’ VBS

Hartselle Church of Christ hosted its annual Vacation Bible School from June 11-14.

The VBS welcomed more than 100 children each day and featured a “Soul Wars” theme. Activities included arts and crafts, dancing, games and puppet shows.

Todd Barrier, associate minister at Hartselle Church of Christ, said he picked the theme because of the new Star Wars movies releasing this year. “Seeing the kids embracing the theme and getting involved in the Bible has been great,” he said.

The VBS themes are planned almost a year in advance. Last year featured a superhero theme since the newest Avengers movie had just been released. “We try to stay current so the kids stay involved,” Barrier said.

This year, Barrier said more children attended than ever before. Usually the church hosts an average of 70 children per day.

Children enjoyed crafts, snacks and music throughout the week.

“Basically everything has been fun, and I love hanging with my friends,” said Ivy-Brooke Slaten during arts and crafts.

Slaten’s friend Sallie Hangrove echoed the same sentiment. “I like that I can make new friends and start a new life loving God. Plus the activities are fun and get my blood flowing,” she said.

Barrier said his favorite activity is the lead-up each day. He has created videos for each morning to help get the children excited and to introduce them to the topic for the day. “I really like seeing kids in church – they are excited about it,” he said. “It is different than worship, but they are all still learning, and it leads to the goal of being better Christians and going out into the community.”

 

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