Community Presbyterian Uses "Hometown Nazareth" Theme
Community Presbyterian Church of Pinehurst's Vacation Bible School used the theme of "Hometown Nazareth" to teach 63 children about Jesus and his early life and childhood in Nazareth.
More than 42 mid-high and high school students along with adult volunteers helped with the daily activities.
In the village of Nazareth, the children could visit the shops in the marketplace as well as Mary's house, where they saw the gold, frankincense and myrrh, the gifts from the Magi. In the carpentry shop, they learned how to make a hammer and did other wood projects.
In the weaving shop, potholders were being made, and in the food tent, they learned about the food Jesus ate, such as grapes, raisins, cucumbers, melons and yogurt. They also baked their own flatbread.
In the gardening tent, they planted seeds for sunflowers and radishes. The children were given 3 shekels each day to spend in these shops, learning to use their money wisely.
Outside, they played games, such as sheepherding, and participated in a Nazareth Run and other games of the time.
Each day began with song and dance and a daily Bible verse to memorize.
Community Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Kelly and Everette roads in Pinehurst.
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