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Vacation Bible School

Mathews United Methodist Church was better known as the “Circle G Ranch” – where God is at the center and the love never ends – during the week of June 13-17 as we conducted our annual Vacation Bible School.  Under the exciting leadership of Libby Joseph, we had an average of 27 children attending each of the five evenings of fun, learning, and growth.  With 22 adult leaders and workers, we had an average nightly attendance of 49.

Lesley Coffee, Brandon Coffee, Patti McClain and Shelli McClain taught the 3, 4, & 5-year-old class of 6 children.  Libby Joseph taught the 1st and 2nd grade class, also with 6 children.  Ann Landis and Harriett Snelling taught the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class, with 7 children.  Chip Snelling, David Joseph, and Beau Lockaby taught the Youth class, with 13 youth in attendance.  Chris Lollis led the Adult class.  Seven of our wonderful women worked the entire week in our kitchen, providing snacks every night, and a hamburger supper on Friday.

Using the curriculum produced by Cokesbury, on Monday we learned about the Shema: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deut. 6:5).  Tuesday we studied 1 Samuel 1:1-18 where we read about Hannah, a woman of faith, a beloved but barren wife, who makes a pleading bargain with God – if God will grant her a son, she will give the child back to God to serve God.  On Wednesday we met an unnamed, penitent woman in Luke 7:36-50.  We know little about her except that she was a “sinner” who responded elaborately to the mercy she had received from Jesus.  Thursday brought us the story of the ten lepers healed by Jesus.  We learned that only one, a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus for his healing – showing us the importance of gratitude toward God in our lives.  On Friday we were with Paul and Silas in the Philippian jail as they chose to sing praises to God even from the depths of their prison.

It was an exciting week – and we invite you to join for next year’s Vacation Bible School – where we will again encounter God’s love for us.


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