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Bridgeton First Members Put “Kids in the Kitchen”

Bridgeton First Members Put “Kids in the Kitchen”

Story by Sharon Davis

Twenty-four attendees at New Jersey Conference’s Bridgeton First church Vacation Bible School (VBS) program last month donned chef’s hats and got busy making banana bread, smoothies, haystacks, fruit salad and rainbow pizza. To fulfill the theme “Kids in the Kitchen,” the youngsters also had fun learning about the eight principles of health and experiencing some of God’s abundant blessings of sunshine, fresh air and water as they participated in outside games. They even created crafts, including a keepsake cookbook to store their recipes of the goodies they prepared each night.

Danica Eylenstein, a college-aged church member who led the VBS program, along with help from volunteers, also made sure the kids sang praises to Jesus and learned about some Bible characters through exciting stories, such as Naaman, Noah’s Ark, Jesus and the blind beggar, and Daniel and his friends.

After the week full of activities, they closed VBS during the Sabbath divine service where the children sang a couple of the songs they learned.

“It was a great and rewarding experience for the children and adults alike,” said Betty Chain. “I brought my granddaughter's friend, Noelle, who enjoyed VBS so much that now she is attending Sabbath School and church each week. [And], Noelle prepared the recipes that she made at VBS for her mother, who thoroughly enjoyed them.”

Pastor John Pifer believes the positive event will also serve as a good introduction to the church’s upcoming Health and Wellness Day planned for October 26.


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