by Jayelle Friesen
LANDMARK, Man.—Time travel at Prairie Rose? It sounds unbelievable, but ask any kid who attended Prairie Rose DVBS this summer and you will hear all about their adventurous journey to first-century Rome to visit the apostle Paul, meet new friends in a Roman marketplace, discover the Early Church, and learn about God’s love and the spread of the Gospel in the face of persecution.
About 90 to 100 children from in and around the community arrived each day; and thanks to our hardworking planning committee and volunteers, every morning was full of games, snacks, crafts, and music. Some highlights included the weeklong skit, cooling off in the summer heat with water games, and learning creative new songs that related to each morning’s theme.
Even the thunderstorm that rolled in one morning could not dampen the excitement and energy. As an added bonus this year, DVBS fun lasted all summer long with special skits and theme songs presented every Sunday during the worship service, reminding kids of lessons learned during the DVBS week.
As summer turned to fall, programs also shifted at Prairie Rose. Sept. 10 was our “kick-off” Sunday, marking the start of another Sunday School year. This was also our annual Cradle Roll service, where six toddlers “graduated” from the church nursery into the Sunday School program.
Each one displayed their own precious personality as they walked up to the stage with the help of a parent to receive their hat, diploma, and a candy. Other programs started this fall include junior and senior youth, mom’s morning out, and boys’ and girls’ clubs.