Wednesday, July 9
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The Presbytery of Wabash Valley
How does a church whose average worship attendance is 45–50 people offer vacation Bible school? Since 1997, Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Lebanon has offered its four-day summer VBS program in partnership with its local nursing home and rehabilitation center. And the results have been amazing.
With 10–20 children, up to 25 nursing-home residents, and 15–20 adult buddies who help supervise and assist, the VBS program is a special time when God moves in the midst of this multigenerational community. Typical VBS days—held in the nursing home’s dining room—include name tags, prayers and greetings, action songs, Bible storytelling, a craft related to the lesson, a table game that encourages communication, a snack, and a big group game. Coordinator Candy Hunter creates the lesson plans for each year’s program and is happy to share them with others.
The program’s lasting results are inspiring, says Hunter. Children who participate are completely comfortable going to the nursing home, have developed long-term friendships with the residents, and have even asked their parents to take them to visit residents whom they have grown to love.
The congregation has been without a pastor for two years. Trinity’s VBS program is just one of several ways its people keep their energy and enthusiasm high as they discern what’s next in their journey together with God.
The Presbytery of Wabash Valley consists of 87 congregations and their 11,085 members, who actively support each other and Geneva Center, its camp and conference center in mission.
—Rev. Jody Noble, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Schererville
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Frank Vardeman, general presbyter
Linda Long, stated clerk
Gladys Sargent, office manager
Vicki Dreibelbis, church relations coordinator
Eric Herzog, financial consultant
Bonnie Kern, IT consultant
Cathy Adley, Geneva Center manager
Jeff Winegardner, Geneva Center maintenance director
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Holy God, you move in every generation of your people. Help us to celebrate the gifts of our brothers and sisters who live in nursing homes by including them in our ministries, listening to their stories on the phone or in person, and remembering that at every age we are still your precious children. Amen.