By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
Children from Fort Detrick and the surrounding Frederick community came together to learn about Jesus and to enjoy a break from their normal summer routine at the Fort Detrick Chapel for Vacation Bible School, Aug. 8-12.
Sixty-Four children, ages 3 through 12, enjoyed activities such as bible songs, crafts and recreation.Vacation Bible School 2011 was titled "Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages," and was run by Grady Tallington, Fort Detrick religious education coordinator, along with support from 42 volunteers from Fort Detrick and the Frederick community.
"We all came together using our gifts and talents to give the kids a place to learn about Jesus," Tallington said.Each day kids spent 35 minutes in bible time where they completed a bible study, teaching them who Jesus was and the importance of knowing Him personally. The crafts completed by the children helped them to connect to the theme.
The kids made candle holders, Christmas tree ornaments and cowboy hats throughout the week.On Wednesday, the program gave participants the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in August as they learned about the birth of Christ.
For this particular day the campers "made Christmas tree ornaments they can use in December to remind them of what they learned at VBS in August," said Tallington.
"The kids were really excited. They were able to dress up each day depending on what the day's activities were.
"My favorite part of this VBS for 2011 at the Fort Detrick Chapel was the leaders and assistants interacting and building relationships with the children through every aspect of the program," Tallington said.