Vacation Bible School at the Nursing Home

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It has been said that one is never too old to learn. And never too old to have fun. Senior citizens residing in the local nursing home had an opportunity to do both this week. This is the week for Vacation Bible School at Green Meadow Haven.

Most folks remember going to VBS as a child. There are many children in our parish enjoying VBS this summer. They are making crafts, singing songs, hearing inspiring Bible stories, eating snacks and having a great time with their friends. Even after 50 or 60 years or more time has passed, vacation Bible school still evokes fond memories.

Back in 2010, parish resident Sharon Adkins came up with the idea of turning those great memories into a real experience. As Yogi Berra would say “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Adkins has been helping residents relive those great memories every year since. For the 2018 edition, Adkins received the assistance of members of several area churches including Crossroads Methodist, First Methodist, First Baptist, and Wesley Chapel.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week it is Vacation Bible School for Green Meadow Haven residents. They meet in the dining room about 1:30 and sing familiar old hymns. This year Adkins has added what she calls “some silly songs.” They are songs that kids sing like “This Little Light of Mine” that are not in todays hymnal.

There were Bible stories told after the singing. They brought great inspiration and a laugh or two.

On Wednesday, ladies from the Sewing God’s Love house came to help residents with their arts and crafts project. They made and decorated visors to keep the sun out of the residents’ eyes when they would go outside. Or just to cut down the glare from some of the bright ceiling lights.

And of course there were sweet treats. Lots of cookies and other goodies were passed out to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee from the home’s never empty coffee pot.

The Bible school sessions only lasted a couple of hours. The memories made having fund with friends will last much longer than that.

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