FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood’s Religious Support Office is hosting its annual Vacation Bible School this week at the Main Post Chapel.
Martha Strong, director of Religious Education here, said it’s an opportunity to encourage and support what parents are teaching their children at home about their religion, but in a fun environment with their friends.
This year’s theme — “Mystery Island” — has the more than 100 children registered for VBS grouped into teams to learn about some of the attributes ascribed to God. Tuesday’s focus, for example, was on the concept of “almighty.”
“We’re learning about those things — the mysteries of who God is — and then there’s a drama each day, where there’s a little mystery,” Strong said.
The children rotate through various games, crafts and Bible story stations while divided into age groups ranging from preschoolers through sixth grade. Different themes each day have the children and volunteers dressing as pirates, island vacationers and in team colors.
For 10-year-old Trexton Howard, playing water dodgeball with his friends was a highlight.
“It’s fun,” he said.
Six-year-old Lucy Willoughby said she enjoyed doing the crafts and seeing her friends.
“We made coconut trees,” she said.
11-year-old Kaitlyn Atwater said she’s been going to Vacation Bible School for as long as she can remember. She said she loves acting, and especially enjoyed participating in the drama.
Strong said the VBS volunteer staff also collected non-perishable food items for a local food pantry from parents as they dropped off their children each morning.
“The team that brings in the most food items during the week will receive a prize on Friday,” she said.
In contrast to last year’s VBS, that had to be done virtually, Strong said everyone is glad to be back together this year in person.
“The kids are excited to be here in person and see their friends,” she said.
For more information on VBS and other religious programs and events offered on post, visit https://www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodRSO.