Each year, the third week of July, St Luke’s holds a week long Vacation Bible School using Group’s Holy Land Adventures. God’s word comes alive as families explore traditional Bible-times customs, occupations, food, and even games! We have said goodbye to traditional classrooms and practice multi-age learning. Because elementary-age kids and teens travel in intergenerational Tribes, big kids and little kids learn to work together. Instead of trying to compete with children their own age, older children help younger children and younger children spark older children’s imagination; social skills improve, self-esteem rises, cooperation increases, and discipline problems diminish. Every day kids and adults join a Tribe of ISRAEL. During tribe time, tribal families explore Jewish customs, meet Jesus and his friends, visit the marketplace, and might even participate in chariot races on the playground, periodically having their attention drawn to exciting dramas. As no VBS would be complete without music, tribes gather everyday to sing and dance to lively music especially created for each program, whether it be Galilee, Bethlehem, Babylon, or Athens. St Luke’s goes all out for VBS in decorating, costumes,(provided but not a must), traditional foods, and many times there are as many adults as children.
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