Garrison youth ‘roar’ at annual VBS


Garrison kids get active during June’s VBS on Patch Barracks. A second VBS is coming in August. Photos by Jasmine McGraw

Story by Rachel Turner
Special to the Stuttgart Citizen

The first round of USAG Stuttgart Religious Support Office’s annual Vacation Bible School came early this year, but that didn’t stop the participants from having fun. During the week of June 24-28, 101 kids had a blast learning about how great God’s love is.

This year’s theme, “ROAR,” got kids moving and grooving with catchy songs, colorful crafts, and games that taught teamwork and sportsmanship. Four stations were created to better focus the information the kids were learning into different categories, along with Snack and Safari Celebration.

In Stampede Sports, the children played games that incorporated the safari theme.

The favorite station was sports because of the games played. Over in the Kid Vid Cinema room, the kids watched videos of the difficulties in Africa, and learned how the people of Africa continue to trust God through their hardships.

Pharaoh, played by volunteer Sumner Sherman, puts on a convincing performance at VBS.

Wild Bible Adventures was a favorite for many, especially with the lesson on the Passover.  Bible leaders led the children through a reenactment of the 10 plagues along with help from volunteer Sumner Sherman. Sherman played the role of Pharaoh, and all the volunteers unanimously agreed that he did a phenomenal job of getting into character for the kids.

Echoing the lifestyle in Africa, children reduced, reused, and recycled materials during craft-time in the Imagination Station. They reused paper to make bracelets and constructed bags from previous VBS shirts, which the kids thought was creative and cool.

“I love seeing the kids have fun and connect with God during Sing and Play/Safari Celebration. My favorite part is singing and dancing with them,” said Anna Simpson, a performer during the opening and closing ceremonies. She and her fellow actors made skits, sang the theme songs, and continued presenting the main message of this year’s bible school: When life is wild, God is good!

Dr. Becky Powell, RSO, addresses the children during VBS.

“This is my 58th time doing VBS, and I think this year was one of the best,” said Dr. Becky Powell, RSO. “There were tons of volunteers, and to make things better, they were all trained and background-checked. Also, I feel like the kids are having fun, feel safe, and are really connecting with God.”

There is another opportunity for VBS this summer. It is being held at Robinson Barracks Chapel from August 11-14. Registration is open to rising kindergarteners through fifth grade. To register, click here. For more information, email the RSO or call 596-3071 or 07031-15-3071.

(Editor’s note: Rachel Turner is a 14-year-old freshman at Stuttgart High School. She loves working with animals and is exploring options for her future career.)