Conference VBS mini-grant enables cooperative Bible school

Calico Rock United Methodist Church and Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church partnered this summer to hold Vacation Bible School the evenings of Aug. 3-6. More than 50 children, eight youth and 25 adults participated.
If it had not been for a $200 mini-grant offered by Arkansas Conference Children’s Ministry, this VBS could not have happened. As a small church in a small community, financing Bible School can often be a challenge. This mini-grant helped to ease that burden, so the children who attended the tropical-themed SonTreasure Island Bible School had the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ in a fun and inviting way.
To help the children better understand the joy of giving, an offering contest was held between the boys and girls, to benefit the Fill-a-Bowl 5k Food room program that feeds hungry children in the Calico Rock School District. By the end of the week the boys had given $206.73, while the girls had raised $249.54, for a grand total of $456.27.
The evenings also included an adult class led by Dr. Tom Campbell of the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He led a study on the formation of the Bible, covering the history, politics and theology that shaped the Bible we have today.
The community of Calico Rock was able to experience Christ’s true vision for the church as United Methodists and Cumberland Presbyterians worked together to share the Gospel. By joining forces, neither church was stretched for volunteers. Relationships between the congregations were both made and strengthened. The entire community of Calico Rock was blessed by receiving this Vacation Bible School Mini-Grant.
—submitted by the Rev. Bill Sardin