First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

Camp E.D.G.E.

Experience and Discover God Everywhere

July 6-10, 2009

We broke new ground by offering an evening Vacation Bible School (VBS) to kids, teens, parents and grandparents. All were invited to attend Camp E.D.G.E. The acronym stands for Experience and Discover God Everywhere. Christian Education Director, Hilary Henderson, chaired the VBS committee and with the help of other members and numerous volunteers, together they brought the experience to life for 5 nights in early July. The evenings began with nutritious meals cooked and served by different volunteer connoisseurs each night. Campers then ventured into Criswell Hall which had been transformed into a wilderness wonderland. Here they enjoyed song and dance time. Then Extreme Jane, via video, got the campers ready for their Extreme Adventure. These nightly adventures included science experiments to discover God in nature, craft times to experience God’s creativity, and recreation time to encourage fun and fellowship in games.

Photos by Gary Hughes.

The campers also took a trek through biblical times where they interacted with live characters and learned the many ways that God participates in our lives. Adults participated in a parallel study with Pastor David. Each night the children looked for a letter hidden somewhere at the camp. By the end of the week, the letters spelled out IXOYE which they learned stands for Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior. Memorable times have both the campers and the camp counselors looking forward to next summer as VBS proves to be an integral part of the Church's outreach. Many thanks to VBS Chair Hilary Henderson, Committee members, and the numerous volunteers that brought this dream to reality.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in a very successful Vacation Bible School. This truly was a group effort and would not have happened if all of you had not been willing to step out in faith . I have said before and will say again, that the team had more enthusiasm at times about the program than I, and it was that enthusiasm that made this a success."
Serving Him,