The chapel, hall and yard at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church rang with laughter and song last week as kids from the community gathered daily at the church for the annual Vacation Bible School, held this year between Aug. 22-26.
About 40 kids regularly came out to the week-long camp, which featured the theme “Barn yard roundup” this year.
“It revolved around Psalm 23 — the Lord is my Shepherd,” Pastor Jonathan Aiken, who took over pastor duties at the church earlier this month, explained. “God shepherds us, provides for us.”
Throughout the week, children participated in various ways — singing songs, playing games, performing skits, participating in various crafts, and learning Bible stories, Aicken explained.
“We had a puppet show that ran throughout the whole week,” he said, explaining how the stories were shared with the church’s young audience.
“It’s always good to see the kids enjoying each other’s company,” Aicken added. “You can see when they’re building those relationships that end up being so very important.”
Aicken also praised the bevy of volunteers who helped make the vacation Bible school a possibility. Whether it was manning craft stations, helping run games, or making the delicious snacks for the participants throughout the week, Aicken said the camp wouldn’t be able to run without them.
“We’re really grateful for the help,” he said, before adding with a laugh, “It can be very exhausting.”
For the second year in a row, students from the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute (CLBI) ran the Bible school programs, coming from Camrose to Stettler for the week. Without their help, organizers said, the church’s summer kids’ program would not be possible.