August 17 was the last day of the Bethany Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School in Barriere. This year’s theme was ‘Operation Space’, and on the last day, all participants had a great, successful “blast off”, with a barbecue and a mini carnival, to which all the children’s parents and siblings were invited.
Seventeen youngsters, ages five to 12, attended this years Bible School; with volunteers working with each age group, along with Pastor Kennedy and his wife Dianna.
Bible lessons where completed; then the children, Pastor Kennedy and his family, and a number of volunteers gathered in front of a screen for a lively sing along.
Dan Sweetnam, with several young helpers, looked after the electronics.
Following the singing, a group of children and teenagers presented a play that had many elements of excitement, including a villain who had designed a super weapon with which he intended to destroy all the Bibles of the world. When the play ended, the conflict had been resolved, and the villain had abandoned his destructive mission.
Church member and volunteer, Judy Hetu, commented, “It took six weeks to put everything together for the event. Pastor Kennedy worked many hours and so did the volunteers. It took a lot of time to make it a real success. Dan Sweetnam, with the help of his children, and several other young helpers organized the ‘Carnival’, by setting up games, where youngsters could win points, which were then traded in for an array of prizes.”
Diana, who carried the Kennedy’s baby daughter with her during the event, said, “It was a blessing. We all worked together, from very young to older volunteers; we learned a lot, and at the same time had plenty of fun.”