In A Nutshell | May 5, 2023

A Blast from the Past: Vacation Bible School Returns this Summer

Vacation Bible School is a cherished part of American culture, but participation has fallen off dramatically during the past 25 years. What was once a summer rite of passage is now a shell of its old self.

At Oak Chapel, we have not had Vacation Bible School for the last four years. We might be tempted to excuse ourselves by saying, “well, we just don’t have enough children to make it worthwhile,” but that would be a major mistake. The future of our church, our nation, and even our world depends on our spiritual foundation, and for many young people it begins with VBS.

In the Gospel of Matthew (19:14-15), Jesus said, “‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.

With that in mind, we invite and encourage you to support our efforts this year. Church of the Cross, just north of Wooster in what used to be known as “Madisonburg,” will host the event June 2-3 because of its central location among the four participating churches (which also includes Orrville and Smithville United Methodist Churches).

If you are interested in volunteering with curriculum, set-up, food, or any other aspect of the event, we would welcome you to do so. Equally important, would be any efforts you could make to recruit young people in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

Our future depends on breathing new life into Vacation Bible School, and the investment of time is minimal — an evening session on Friday (June 2) and morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday (June 3). 

For more information, or to register, please visit the website ( If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Pastor John.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed!

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