This summer children will be seen moving in and out of the nooks and crannies of Main Street, Cedaredge. Why? They are "Children: God's Secret Agents," from the vacation Bible school of Cedaredge United Methodist Church. Join these magnifying-glass-carrying sleuths from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22. All children entering kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome.
Registration for this free week of holy fun and learning is at the Methodist Thrift Shop, 205 W. Main Street, or Cedaredge United Methodist Church, 210 NW 3rd Street, Cedaredge. You may also contact Pamela Gubkin at the church, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-856-3696. Call or visit Pamela for more information; she is in the office from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
"We believe the church exists beyond the four walls of a building and our vacation Bible school will do the same," says Cedaredge United Methodist Church's pastor, Joe Agne. "We think children aren't just the church of the future. They are the church now and sometimes they lead all of us in loving God, our neighbors, ourselves, the creation and even our enemies."
Through singing, drama, arts and crafts, and interactive Bible study, children will learn five Bible stories that feature children as heroes and realize how they are God's agents in the world. The stories are: Jesus welcomes and lifts up the children; Miriam and Moses, dynamic duo; a slave girl saves King Naaman; Jesus home alone in the temple; and a boy shares his lunch with 5,000-plus people.
The curriculum was written by Dana Jones, a member of the congregation and director of the vacation Bible school.
The children will have daily hands-on activities. They will bring clothes to the Methodist Thrift Store on Main Street and learn from JoAnn Price, the store manager, about the many reasons people shop there. Another day they will bring food to the community food bank and learn from Paul Lyons and Charlie Brewer how to pack bags of food for a family. Kathleen Ray, Cedaredge's celebrated Main Street gardener, will show the children the planting cart she rides on and together they will plant flower pots on Main Street and hang garden prayer flags. The children will learn how they can make a difference in their neighbors' lives.
Hannah Hatheway will teach the camp songs she learned as a camper and now leads as a counselor at the Grand Mesa Methodist Camp. The theme song of the week is "Secret Agent Girl, Secret Agent Boy" with words written especially for VBS to a tune many will recognize. Another song to be sung each day is "I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we're the church together."
Outdoor fun will include games, some with water play to keep things cool. And there will be snacks.