Thank you for all of your prayers, participation, and support of our Vacation Bible School program, Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace, June 7 through 9. We had a great time! Our children were full of energy and were eager to have a good time and learn. Our participants were ready to spend a while on the Nile.
VBS started with setup on that Sunday, with volunteers assembling tents and moving furniture. Monday came with our tribe leaders and adult volunteers transforming the chapter house into an Egyptian village and setting up the various crafts shops. We had music at the ready in the chapel and constructed a prison and palace in the basement for our story time. By Monday afternoon we were ready for the kids to arrive.
Thankfully, we had plenty of kids in attendance! They had fun and learned things along the way. The kids did the various arts and crafts, enjoyed singing, and enjoyed the ever popular mobile petting zoo that visited us on Wednesday. They enjoyed hearing from Joseph as he talked about having hope in God, receiving special abilities from God, receiving wisdom from God, learning about forgiveness, and learning that all of us are a part of a special family.
My thanks goes out to all of our parents and grandparents who got our participants to and from the Cathedral that week, and to our youth and children who helped as tribe leaders and assistant tribe leaders. These folk spent plenty of time with our participants. Thanks also to all of the adults who worked as shop keepers and music teachers; and for those in the kitchen.
A special thanks to Mary Cook who was in charge of the drama of Joseph's story and also to Charlie Weeks who played Joseph. He had a lot to say to those children. I too was a part of the drama, becoming the gruff prison guard, who later got to go with Joseph to the palace. It was a lot of fun to interact with the children in this different way.
I hope you will enjoy the pictures and other stories about VBS in our newsletter. I want to invite you talk with the children and adults about their experiences. This may be a ministry which you may want to further support and participate in next year.
As I mentioned last month, the Cathedral is hosting a diocesan acolyte festival on August 20. Bishop Russell Kendrick will be here, and he is very excited about this event. We have had several planning meetings and are making progress. The event will pull youth acolytes from throughout the diocese. We will have training sessions, fellowship, lunch, and a closing Eucharist service. Acolytes and parents of acolytes, please put this event on your calendars! We need you there so you can learn and be ambassadors of the Cathedral to our visitors. This will be the first time many of our participants will have been to the Cathedral, so we want to make them feel welcome and comfortable while here. Be on the lookout for further information about the festival, and we welcome your prayers for this event.
Have a great July everyone and I hope to see you at church!