MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS -- Vacation Bible School, sponsored by the protestant chapel, had their final day of learning this year at the Protestant Chapel July 17, 2015.
VBS is a week-long program that helps children learn about religion in a fun and interactive environment.
“VBS takes place annually around the country,” said Lt. Ryan Krouse, chapel pastor, Protestant Chapel. “This chapel had been hosting VBS for years before I became the pastor here. Being able to focus on the children and help their faith grow is a great opportunity.”
Every year there is a chosen theme for VBS. This theme gives the children an opportunity to learn about a variety of things while surrounding themselves within their religion.
“This year’s theme was ‘Everest’ and the Himalaya Mountains,” said Danielle Young, VBS director, Protestant Chapel. “The children learn about some of the different animals that live in the mountains, and how they come to live in that environment. These animals become teachers to the children about the lesson we are trying to teach them.”
More than 170 children registered to participate in this week long program. The chapel had approximately 60 volunteers participate in teaching the children. Among the volunteers, there were approximately 15 Combat Center Marines.
“We have more children participating this year than we have ever had,” Young said. “I could not have done this without the volunteers from on and off the base.”
The children spend three hours every day for five days participating in VBS. The children sing songs and participate in activities which reinforce the lesson of the day.
“Being able to take this opportunity is one my greatest accomplishments,” said Cpl. Johnathon Irvine, machine gunner, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. VBS. “Seeing all the children running around and growing in their faith leaves me speechless.”