ANDERSON, Ind. —
“Many of the kids that were coming were hungry,” said Petry.
It’s a big operation. To handle all the work and logistics, Petry relied on a crew of about 130 volunteers. They cooked, served and managed all the activities.
“When we do VBS or something for the community, everybody of all ages pitches in. It’s really a multi-generational commitment,” said Petry.
After eating dinner each night, the kids assembled in the sanctuary for a high-energy opening filled with music that got everyone pumped up.
“There’s just nothing better than having 200 kids in the sanctuary, singing and dancing,” said Petry. Then, the kids were off to hear stories, do crafts, play games and more.
The week wrapped up with a big celebration when all the kids got up on stage, with their families in the audience. “That’s a huge highlight of the week,” said Petry.
“It’s an intense week of a really fun place,” said Petry. She said that amidst all the fun, the message was still delivered, “God, and how much he loves them.”
The VBS is not South Meridian’s only project with kids at heart. Even during the VBS, volunteers got together at the church to stuff backpacks that were donated. They’ll be giving more than 100 backpacks to kids in need.
It won’t be long before the Open Door tutoring program begins at the church as well. That’s a Wednesday night program, where kids get food, fun, and an hour of tutoring.
“We feel like we have a unique calling and a unique opportunity to really help kids,” said Petry. “We want to make a difference when we can.”
South Meridian Church of God is located at 2402 S. Meridian St. in Anderson. For more info, check out www.southmeridian.org or call 643-6695.
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