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Fun filled Vacation Bible School in Atlanta Tamil Church

September 2010
Fun filled Vacation Bible School in Atlanta Tamil Church
Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held at Atlanta Tamil Church, July 26-30. More than 37 children ages two to 19 years, 15 teachers and volunteers attended this year’s VBS which had the theme of “Soul Survivors on Danger Island.” The kids loved the theme, especially the catchy songs taught both in Tamil and English.
                                                                           
During the five days of Soul survivor’s journey, children were taught to Abide in Christ, Trust in the Lord, Pray to God, Stand for Christ and Obey to God. Each day started with Praise and Worship and spent time in listening to the Bible stories, did crafts and played new games, it was a lot of fun. Each day began with prayer conducted by Pastor Palmer, followed by Bible pledge and songs. “We could see all happiness under one roof. The kids really enjoyed everything and learned a lot about Bible,” said Pastor Palmer. Children Ministry coordinator sis. Joni Devadawson ensured good preparation and organization.

Dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and young volunteers did a wonderful job. Many volunteers from the church stepped forward to invest time and effort and helped behind the scenes.

Every evening teenage students performed a skit based on that day’s theme. This year’s VBS highlight was a field trip on the 4th day. On the last day of VBS, the children sang songs which they had learned and practiced throughout the week. The Pastor awarded certificates of appreciation and gift certificates and dinner coupons to every student, teacher and volunteer.
Children were divided into two groups: 5-9 years and 10-15 years. Age-appropriate schedules were designed, and children learned basic fundamentals of Hinduism, how to pray, yoga, Hindi, bhajans, musical instruments (dholak, harmonium), dancing (garba), games (pitthu, cricket, tag, tug of war, statue), arts & crafts, etc., in a fun and nurturing environment. Festivals were celebrated (Guru Purnima, Holi, Sharad Purnima, and Govardhan), and there were nature walks, a picnic, and a great cultural program at the end of camp. Older children had the opportunity to discuss growing up i

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