Vacation Bible Schools Emphasize Service

September 12, 2018 | Katie Fellows

Every summer, churches host a Vacation Bible School filled with fun interactive activities for the youth in their community. This summer, Washington's Forest Park (Everett, Wash.) and Kent (Wash.) churches added service projects to their programs,

Forest Park partnered with Beautiful Soles, a local nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by providing socks and shoes to local youth in need.

The Forest Park VBS collected 70 pairs of shoes, surpassing their goal of 50, to donate to the children in Snohomish County who are in need as they begin school.

“Many prayers were sent heavenward asking God to bless this donation,” says Kami Borg, Forest Park VBS coordinator. “We all felt the program was a blessing to the children attending.”

Kent Church collected nearly 5,000 diapers during their VBS. The diapers were donated to refugee families in the Kent community and are also being donated to a local organization.

“I feel like the kids were very excited about the project,” says Garcia Jean-Baptiste, Kent Church member. “Once they understood the project and realized the need, they participated excitedly in the service project.”

Katie Henderson, Washington Conference communication intern, with Caitlin Marier, Forest Park Church member