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Gospel Hill brings back VBS

| June 16, 2016

WARSAW – Youth Pastors Margo and Nathan Asire brought a long-lost tradition back to Gospel Hill Ministry.

Vacation Bible School was held June 13-16 and was the first one the church has hosted since 2002.

“We’ve got great people who will do these kinds of things, but churches go through stages,” said Pastor Ron Davis. “We had a lot of kids graduate and now we have little ones coming so it was time to build this back up.”

The theme for Vacation Bible School was Shipwrecked and it was open to all 3 to 12-year-olds. During the four days of the program participants pretended they were lost on an island and learned how Jesus can help them.

On Wednesday, June 15, Kris Ringwalt used flashlights to teach the Vacation Bible School students about being a light for Jesus.

“Try to stomp my light out,” she said to the 3-5-year-old group.

When the students couldn’t stop her light, Ringwalt explained to them that they always need to let the light of Jesus shine.

“The devil tries to put our light out and there is no way we are going to let that happen,” she said. “Say no Satan, I’m not going to let you blow my light out.”

There also were songs, crafts and outdoor games that helped reinforce the lessons they learned and of course yummy snacks that went with the Shipwrecked theme.

“When we were hired last summer they wanted us to get this (VBS) going again,” said Margo. “I think it’s been very successful and it’s an outreach too because not all of these kids are here on Sunday mornings.”

Around 20 kids attended each night and Davis said he was really pleased with their first Vacation Bible School in 14 years.

“I think it will grow and get back to where it was in the early to mid 90s,” he said. “We had a lot of kids here then and would take 50 to 60 to camp. Hiring Nathan and Margo on as part time staff has really helped.”

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