• Buddy Craven (Standing, right), one of the Ship Rec Games leaders, helps explain the rules of the dayAca,!a,,cs game June 23.

    Children set sail at Vacation Bible School

    Buddy Craven (Standing, right), one of the Ship Rec Games leaders, helps explain the rules of the dayAca,!a,,cs game June 23.

  • Maggie Scheck (above, right), one of the Bible Voyage Leaders, teaches the day’s lesson, but keeps the children engaged from beginning to end by having the kids “swim” across the floor to hear the Bible story June 23 during the Fort McPherson Vacation Bible School. Sixty-five children attended the week long camp from June 21-25, entitled “High Seas Expedition.”

    Children set sail at Vacation Bible School

    Maggie Scheck (above, right), one of the Bible Voyage Leaders, teaches the day’s lesson, but keeps the children engaged from beginning to end by having the kids “swim” across the floor to hear the Bible story June 23 during the Fort McPherson...

Children on Fort McPherson got a chance to live out their swashbuckling dreams June 21-25 during the Fort McPherson Post Chapel - "High Seas Expedition" - Vacation Bible School.

With an enrollment of 65 children, the staff of 45 had their hands full ensuring every minute was filled with fun and learning.

Each morning, the children and staff gathered in the post chapel to hear the daily point. Donna Craven, director of religious education, said her favorite moment was seeing the children arrive each morning with excitement to learn about God's word, and to sing songs and play games.

After hearing the daily point, the kids would split off into groups to carry out the day's activities.

The four groups followed a strict schedule for each activity, said Craven.

The four daily activities included Sail Away Cinema, Bible Voyage, Clipper Ship Crafts and Missions, and Ship Rec Games.

Sail Away Cinema allowed children to report God sightings from the previous day, while Bible Voyage allowed for an interactive Bible lesson.

Each daily point also had an accompanying craft and game for children to enjoy.

Sarah Hutchinson, daughter of Lorene Hutchinson, Fort McPherson Protestant Women of the Chapel praise and worship leader, said arts and crafts were her favorite part of VBS, adding she was most looking forward to the last day's craft so she could have the opportunity to make a blanket.

Ja'Nessa Mitchell, a youth crew leader and daughter of retired 1st Sgt. Vanessa Mitchell, said she enjoyed watching children making ships in a bottle.

Although this is Mitchell's only year working with VBS, she said she is sad to see such a good program leave after this summer.

Whether it was the fun of Ship Rec Games and Clipper Ship Crafts and Missions, or the educational Sail Away Cinema and Bible Voyage, children left this year's "High Seas Expedition" with a better understanding of God's word and love, said Craven.

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