With a new school year here, churches in Charlotte have been wrapping up their summer programs, including that traditional time of fun and learning called Vacation Bible School.
This week, Living Faith Baptist Church in the Reedy Creek area in northeast Charlotte hosted about 40 children at its annual VBS doings.
The kids, grouped in teams with names like Rascally Raccoons and Brave Bears, listened to Bible stories, played games, made their own canteens in craft class and sang hymns designed for young voices.
“It strengthens our kids’ understanding of Jesus Christ and the Bible,” said Pastor Steve McClung, 43, who joined in the festivities by dressing up as a clueless camper. “The joy, the laughter, the education – all of it together glorifies God.”
The Observer sat down with VBS students at Living Faith Baptist to get a kid’s-eye-view of Jesus, prayer, heaven and the Bible.
The children, most of whom are home-schooled: Josiah Egge, 9; Cameron Keller, 13; Cooper McClung, 9; Alexa Wood, 8; Claire Miller, 9; Andréa Egge, 7; Anna Wood, 9; Izabel Kummer, 9; Armon Wright, 8; Grayson Wright, 6; and Samuel Weathers, 9.
Here’s some of what they said.