Vacation Bible School helps children learn valuable lessons in Yongsan

Vacation Bible School helps children learn valuable lessons in Yongsan

by Cpl. Park, Min-je
U.S Army

USAG YONGSAN - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted the 2017 Summer Vacation Bible School June 19 to 23, at Seoul American High School. A total of 211 children and 160 volunteers, including 14 pre-school children participated i n the program. This year's theme was "Maker Fun Factory."

The program used science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to facilitate achieving educational and rel igious objectives. This was the last VBS held in USAG Yongsan. According to Tara Whitmore, VBS director, the program opted for SAHS over the usual South Post Chapel venue to take advantage of better facilities such as stage lights.

"During the program hours, we teach children that God loves them," Whitmore said. "The program helps chi ldren make friends in a loving environment whether they are new to Yongsan, moving away to Humphreys or to the U.S., or staying at Yongsan for the next year, while learning how much God loves them and has good plans for them."

During VBS, children come in the morning for a time of worship and a combination of skits, object lessons and videos to teach them Bible points for the day. Then they cycle through five stations each day: Imagination Station (hands-on learning), Snack Station, KidVid Station, Games station, and Bible Discovery Station. After they finish all five stations, they get back together for worship in the auditorium. They review all they learned that day through music, videos and drama.

There was also a preschool program with alternative programs prepared for children ages three to five.

"I hope children learn valuable lessons they will remember for a lifetime through VBS," said Whitmore.

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