Vacation Bible school includes offshore fishing trip

Ann Hall

Vacation Bible school opens on the Isles of Capri on Monday, Aug. 3, and runs through Friday, Aug. 6, from 6-8 p.m. -- concluding with an offshore fishing trip for some participants

VBS through Capri Christian Church is open to all youth from nursery ages to fifth grade.

“Don’t let your kids be the ones who miss the best time they can have all summer,” youth pastor Tim Gardiner wrote his flyers announcing the program. No pre-registration is required. Drop-ins on any evening during the week are welcomed.

The theme of VBS this year is “Living inside out for Jesus.” Much in the way of experiencing life learning lessons through interactive video, games, crafts and a multitude of activities will make attending this event a meaningful experience for the youth. There will also be snacks and time to share in both large and small group activities.

“If you want to get a good scare, come drop in for an evening with the kids during VBS,” said pastor Curt Ayers.

If there is to be such a scare, it might be in terms of the numbers anticipated to participate.

“Last year we only had 17 children come,” said Gardiner. This year, they are expecting a much larger group.

“We have about 40-50 children from nursery ages through high school now!” said Gardiner.

A much larger number of youth leaders have been rallied to meet the challenge.

Gardiner is counting on his hard-working older students, and some adult volunteers to help him coordinate the week’s activities. Among them is Patrick Sanga, who will be completing his final week of internship in his youth ministries program before returning to college. In addition, two public-school classroom teachers, Alex and Deana Richett, will serve as volunteer instructors. Some of the youth coaches involved include Corinne Flanagan, Candice Deonarini, Mattie Parker, Dillan Fahey, and Aaron Cooper.

An unusual culminating activity for some of the middle and senior high school youth coaches will be an offshore fishing trip on Friday, Aug. 6.

Capt. Jeff Smith, owner of Dark Thirty Charters and also a member of Capri Christian Church, will take six students out to enjoy competing for the largest catch.

“Dark Thirty Charters was named from a saying my late dad used to use when my mother asked him when he would be expected home as he was leaving to go fishing,” said Smith. “He would always reply we will be back at dark thirty, with a chuckle in his voice.”

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