VBS Kids Now Fully Staffed
“I Just Wanna be a Sheep” Now Latest Craze
STATE COLLEGE, PA — It was pizza day and as the VBS kids met for the last time this year, they gathered with our Archbishop Melchisedek to hear his words on being the shepherd of a flock. It was stated that his flock is different from flocks of sheep that the kids had the chance watch yesterday (see article below).
As part of their discussion, the students learned that just as a shepherd carries a staff to direct his flock for protection of his herd in case of danger a bishop carries a staff as a symbol of being our shepherd. Additionally, the students found that the top of a bishop’s staff (crozier) is made to resemble two serpents’ heads, recalling the Saviors’ words: “Be ye wise as serpents”. As a serpent each year forces its way through thorny plants to shed its old skin, so also must the bishop lead others and follow himself along the thorny path which leads of the renewal of our souls. (Ed. Note: Students made staffs this to help them remember Psalm 23.)
As the week began with the students uttering the first words of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd” today the VBS concluded with the affirmation, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The sheep are content and “at home” with the shepherd—and want to stay with Him forever.
Sheep Farm Tour Shows VBS Kids Life as a Sheep
On Thursday, the Holy Trinity VBS took it first ever field trip to a sheep farm in Sunbury, PA. After a 1.5 hour bus trip, the students were greeted by an array of farm animals but mostly by a whole lot of sheep.
During the tour the students were able to pet the sheep, walk through the pastures, and learn about a sheep’s necessities (water & salt) and some of the dangers (copper, falling over). It was particularly fun to see the shepherd Caroline and her dog gather the sheep and run them back and forth – and how well the sheep followed the shepherds commands.
At the end of the tour each student was given a piece of wool from one of the sheep as a keepsake. All the “sheep” returned home safely and happily.
FPO — For Parents Only
It was once again a great joy and pleasure to be with your children this week. It was a bit hectic but it was fun and they are going to be amazing sheep. As much as possible include Psalm 23 in your daily prayers and with your children. Knowing the meaning behind the words will give them great comfort and peace. Thanks!
For more recaps, pictures, and information, visit the 2016 Vacation Bible School homepage.