The kids at Christ Church North in White House have enjoyed a week of great adventures and the pictures above show them sharing some of the songs that they learned, complete with motions and enthusiasm. This year’s theme emphasized the greatness of God, and how He wants us to see our lives in serving Him as a great adventure.
Activities throughout the week included woodworking crafts, water balloons, story time, worship, and snacks. All week each class was collecting cans for the CCN food pantry. The boys and girls competed to see who could bring the most. The approximately 40 VBS attendees collected almost 200 cans and yes, the girls did win!
Isn’t it ironic that the first Vacation Bible School enrolled forty students too? In Hopedale, Illinois in 1894, Sunday school teacher D. T. Miles, who also was a public school teacher, felt she needed more than the hour on Sunday to teach the Bible to children. So she started a daily Bible school to teach children during the summer. The first Bible school used a local school for classes while a nearby park was used for recess. In 1898 Eliza Hawes, director of the children’s department at Epiphany Baptist Church in New York City, started an “Everyday Bible School” for slum children at a rented beer parlor in New York’s East Side. Mrs. Hawes put together a program of “singing, Bible stories and Scripture memorization, games, crafts, drawing, and cooking. In just three years she directed seven different VBS ministries and from there it grew and spread across the country. Today VBS is one of the primary evangelistic outreach for most churches in this country and around the world.
Christ Church North is a non-denominational fellowship in White House, Tennessee. Located at 2732 Highway 31-W, the diverse congregation, led by their pastor Keith Roberts, seeks to “reach their community to touch the world”. Each month a compassion offering is received to help people in the area with their physical needs, and the food pantry mentioned earlier is stocked with staples for those who need groceries. There is an active Sunday School program for adults, youth and children, children’s church and youth night, and various opportunities for service and fellowship during the week. Check out www.christchurchnorth.com and the church directory at this website for contact information and service times.