ANSBACH, Germany (July 1, 2019) -- With the theme "Athens -- Paul's dangerous journey to share the truth," vacation bible school (VBS) was a hit at the Katterbach Chapel June 24-28.
More than 75 children and 35 volunteers participated in the one-week summer program sponsored by the USAG Ansbach Religious Support Office.
Col. Steven M. Pierce, USAG Ansbach commander, visited VBS June 28 and thanked the volunteers and religious support staff that helped with the festivities each day.
Children who attended VBS started their days with worship songs geared for kids followed by games, snacks, crafts, Bible memory, family time, and a visit with the Apostle Paul to learn more about his journey.
Lt. Col. Sean Phillips, USAG Ansbach Chaplain, said the people involved in this year's VBS brought amazing energy and excitement when it came to learning about God's character: his power, presence and provision, but especially his love.
"Our chapel volunteers make religious education fun," he said. "Watching people of all ages live, learn and love through life is the best thing about VBS."
According to Phillips, VBS is important for two reasons: relationships and resilience.
"It sets conditions early for young people to establish life-long friendships not only with peers, but also with slightly older volunteers," he said. "The VBS curriculum challenges young people to begin modeling behavior congruent with deeply-held, faith-based beliefs, a key concept in resilience."