Eleven members of the Arlington Heights Church of Christ, Corpus Christi, Texas, were on Abaco for eight days in June to conduct Vacation Bible School for the young people of Spring City.
Vacation Bible School took place during the 21st to 25th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM each day. The group from Texas consisted mainly of high school students, led by their youth pastor, Jason Butler, and his wife. While six of them were first timers on Abaco, the other five were here last year and one of the young men was heard to comment on arrival; “I feel like I am home again.”
The group was here at the invitation of Pastor Jason Quashie of the South Abaco Church of Christ who assisted each day. Although a group from the same church had conducted Vacation Bible School last year at Sandy Point, Pastor Quashie was excited to state that the Bible school this year was a historical moment since it was the first time that the youngsters of Spring City had experienced Vacation Bible School in their area.
The daily sessions consisted of five stations which included crafts, singing, Bible study, snacks and games and each day opened and closed with everyone joining in some lively action singing. The theme of the week’s Vacation Bible School was ‘Hide and Seek’, and all activities, even games and snacks, were cleverly co-ordinated with the day’s Bible lessons revolving around this concept.
The team was expecting students within the age range of 3 to 11 years but several older children were keen to be a part and no one was turned away so they actually ended up with students from 2 to 15 years. The children of the Spring City community were obviously delighted to be able to attend this Vacation Bible School; the first day opened with 52 participants and by the following Monday 80 were attending so the good word had spread.
On the Sunday, church services were held in the Spring City Park with the young people from Texas conducting Bible classes in the morning and Pastor Quashie conducting Bible class for adults.
Youth pastor, Jason Butler, explained that his team of young people had worked very hard for the past six months organising fundraisers, meetings and Bible studies to earn their way to Abaco to be a part of this team. “They are all very committed young people,” he stated.
Pastor Quashie, on behalf of the South Abaco Church of Christ, wished to thank the community of Spring City; “For allowing us to welcome and share the wonderful stories of God’s word with the children.”