The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Faith

August 3, 2013

A castle full of kids

South Meridian Church of God goes medieval for fun VBS

ANDERSON, Ind. — After you crossed the drawbridge, and went over the moat and underneath the crenelated towers, you found yourself in the midst of a medieval castle.

Colorful pennants hung along gray stone passageways. There were horses in their stalls, and knights in armor.

There was also a huge crowd of happy kids, decked out in purple T-shirts. They were all there for South Meridian Church of God’s Vacation Bible School last week.

The church went all out to transform their entire building into a castle. Valerie Petry, director of Children’s Ministries and Outreach, said the church received donations of decorations from seven other churches to create the extravagant scene.

The program, “Kingdom Rock,” focused on standing strong in God’s love.

“We want to lavish God’s love on them,” said Petry of the elaborate decorating. “When the kids come, we want them to go wow.”

The VBS drew about 200 kids from age 5 through the fifth grade this year. While some of them already attend South Meridian, most of the crowd came from the surrounding neighborhood.

“We’ve been committed to making our VBS an outreach mission,” said Petry.

The church goes out of its way with a novel approach to generate interest in the neighborhood. In one outreach, the congregation donates 12-packs of Coke. The cans are then labeled with the VBS invitation. Finally, church members get together in small groups to deliver the cans to the doorsteps of the houses in the area.

“It’s really a neat way to let the neighborhood know, ‘Hey, we’re here for you,’” said Petry.

Not only did South Meridian transport the children to another world with their medieval-themed VBS, they fed them, too. The church served dinner each night before the start of the VBS. The children, their families and the volunteers all sat down under tents outside the church to fill their tummies up. Petry said the practice began about five years ago after a somber observation.

Text Only
Faith
  • JamFest set for Aug. 3 at Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church, 2751 N. Scatterfield Road, will host JamFest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    July 26, 2014

  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

    July 25, 2014

  • Church News: July 26 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 25, 2014

  • NWS-HB0720-GivesBack-JC1.JPG Helping those in need

    Nine-year-old Skylar King was not a volunteer or even a member of Greater Light Church, which Saturday gave away free school supplies, clothing and food during its annual Greater Light Gives Back event. The boy had played games to win tokens, and then he used them to buy each binder, saying he was giving his prizes away because he wanted to help other people.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0719 - Pathfinders - 05 Anderson Pathfinders seek supplies to host Kenyan group Flashlights, toiletries, pillows and batteries are just some of the simple items the Anderson Pathfinders are trying to collect in the upcoming weeks.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 19 A compilation of local church news as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 18, 2014

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Like pecan pie, words from our mouths should be sweet I know that today is only July 12 and we are four months away from Thanksgiving dinner. I know that it's hot and you might not want to heat your oven for an hour to bake a pie. Nevertheless, today, July 12, is National Pecan Pie Day.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 12 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 11, 2014

  • Church of God: Marriage still one man, one woman About the same time an Indiana judge was striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in late June, the Church of God general assembly was approving a resolution reaffirming its view that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

    July 6, 2014

  • Swindled Indianapolis church fights for survival

    An Indianapolis church that was swindled out of $400,000 intended to help the congregation rebuild after a fire instead is fighting for its survival.

    July 6, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin