Last week was a busy, fun-filled, and spiritual week at Spencerville’s Vacation Bible School as the Silver Spring-based church welcomed over 200 children for its annual VBS program. The program centered on the house arrest of Paul while he was in Rome, and the beginning persecution of the young Christian church under the emperor Nero. Children had a chance to visit Paul under house arrest, meet his personal guard, Brutus (who eventually converts to Christianity throughout the week), and visit with the underground Christian church that met in a cave.
This year, Spencerville partnered with New Hope church (Fulton, Md.), where a group of youth, under the direction of Pastor Marilyn Scott, provided drama vignettes each day throughout the program for the children.
Vacation Bible School provides children with an opportunity to learn more so that they can share God’s love with others. Seven-year old Cristian Martinez says he shared the good news with his swimming teacher.
Angie Bullen, a mom of five, became exposed to Seventh-day Adventists, and the Spencerville church in particular, through the Evensong concert series. After subscribing to the church’s newsletter and learning about VBS, she registered her children to attend last year’s week long program while living in the Baltimore area. Even though Angie moved to Alabama a few months ago, she returned to Maryland this summer so her children could attend Vacation Bible School. Angie shares, “I wanted a substantial Bible-teaching VBS— one that would treat the word of God with reverence.” Her children have asked if they can vacation in Maryland each year so they can attend VBS.
Each year, the VBS leadership team highlights a mission project the children can support through an offering. This year, the team partnered with the North American Division’s Hope for Humanity program to eliminate illiteracy. During the week, the children contributed over $1,500 to the project, many donating money from their personal savings. At Spencerville, VBS is possible through a dedicated team of church members, including Jim Callan, Tracy Belliveau, Nancy Fennell, Christy Zinke, Cindy Di Pinto, and the over 100 youth and adult volunteers who participated this year. —Lerone Carson, Spencerville associate pastor.