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Carol Perkins: VBS was more creative in old days

In the old days, Vacation Bible Schools more creative, than they are in today's world. She remembers it as an exciting time, when youngster were looking for more to do, when kids lives weren't so highly organized. Carol Perkins writes in today's column. 'Young people are very busy. They are scheduled and their activities are kept on calendars by anxious parents who sometimes run sideways. Life is such a whirlwind in most families, I am glad I don't have to keep up. When I visit my grandchildren, I am worn out from all their activities.' She adds, and strikes a chord with CM.
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By Carol Perkins

Not long after school ends, many churches begin their Bible schools. There was a time when a child went to his own church's Bible school and then also went with his friends to their Bible schools. By the time June had ended, every child in the county could sing "This Little Light of Mine" backwards.

Because it had been many years since I had participated in Bible school activities, I was quickly to learn that kits were available at local Christian books store/companies that provide every thing from printed materials/lesson books, to posters, to craft ideas, to CD's with art for handouts. Back in the old days we had nothing but our creativity and the Bible.

At the church I attend, we fed the young people good meals each night. In "my day" we served Kool Aid and cookies. Meals were much more appreciated!

Instead of singing the standard Bible school songs, our older students sang along with a video complete with dance moves (sort of) and lots of action, which they loved. We still had the B.I.B.L.E and other favorites for the little ones.

The crafts don't change too much from the "old" days. My grandson was proud of what he made and like those of my own children, his will find their way into a box of collectables.

Even though the kids begged to play dodge ball each night, they mostly enjoyed relays and races and physical activities that didn't involve water, kicked ankles, or torn clothing. I remember playing tag and "Ring Around the Rosie."

The theme of our Bible school was Colossal Coastal World. Many of you will use this theme, too. At the end of each night, the kids gathered to watch a video of a roller coaster moving along a track. With hands in the air, they moved to the left and to the right as if they were riding

Graduation from Bible School is a big event to kids, and parents were equipped with cameras and video equipment to capture their pride and joy receiving a certificate. Another year has come and gone and another child has learned "This Little Light of Mine."

When I was a young girl, I loved going to Bible School. Life was slower then. During the week, once school was out, I had nothing much to do but play. Girls didn't play sports so there were no little league games. No swim lessons. No dance. No gymnastics. No tennis. No summer practices of any kind. I played with neighbors and cousins.

We played outside in the sunshine, ran through the woods behind my house, waded in the creek, climbed trees, rode stick horses, threw rocks, and walked barefoot through freshly plowed gardens before the seeds went into the ground. We played paper dolls on rainy days or built tents with a quilt draped over four kitchen chairs. Playing was what we did from morning until night when we were young and before we were old enough to work.

Therefore, when time for Bible school arrived, all of us kids were thrilled to be able to go somewhere. Because we seldom saw each other aside from birthday parties, going to Bible school(s) brought us back together during the summer.

Young people are very busy. They are scheduled and their activities are kept on calendars by anxious parents who sometimes run sideways. Life is such a whirlwind in most families, I am glad I don't have to keep up. When I visit my grandchildren, I am worn out from all their activities.

No matter how much they are involved, however, their parents make sure they have time for Bible school. There are so many going on this month that any child can be sure to find one just right for him/her. I just bet they will sing "Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man, and a Wee Little Man Was He." Carol and her friend Susan Chambers can be heard on 99.1 FM, the Hoss, Edmonton, KY radio, live each Tuesday from 10am-12pmCT and then a repeat of the show on Sunday from 4pm-6pmCT

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