This past summer, our church put on a different kind of Vacation Bible School.
Our minister's wife, Beverly, made the poster to show us the blueprint.
We had a well in the center of the town of Capernaum. All of the adults had clothing that we imagined the people in Jesus' time would be wearing. The children had "tunics" (T-shirts) cinched in the middle with a leather string, and each person wore a name tag. The children's name tags bore the name of the tribe they were in, and each tribe was headed by a tribal mother. Each shop was staffed with one or two adults and two teenaged helpers. Altogether, ninety children signed up for Bible School.
Acting out the Bible story of Jesus and the loaves and fishes
The well in the center of Capernaum
The story book which opened up with several different backgrounds which changed according to the skit being acted out each morning
God's Story - the front of the story book
Map of Israel - the back of the story book
Benjamin's Garden Shop - we taught the children about the types of plants and how they were used for food and medicine. Each child got to plant seeds in pots, and they took the plants home at the end of the week.
Joseph's Carpentry - the children got to hammer pieces of wood together and paint their creations.
The Pottery Shop - children rolled out clay and made animals or whatever their imaginations came up with, and at the end of the week, they got to take their work home.
The Weaver's Shop - the children learned how to weave and make an artistic piece.
Ephraim's Fine Foods - the children got to taste lentil soup, flatbread, stuffed grape leaves, and other types of foods.
Manasseh's Metals - in this shop, the children made bead necklaces.
Mosaics - the children made pictures from tiny pieces of tile.
Issachar's Prayer Rugs - the children embroidered the fish symbols onto pieces of material and made their own rugs.
Synagogue School - the children, led by a Rabbi, wrote scriptures on scrolls.
Hannah & Ben talking with Mom in front of their house, talking about what Jesus said
Every day, the children watched a short skit.
Then each tribe went to their home and learned about what it was like to live in Jesus' time.
Tribe of Simeon
Tribe of Zebulon
Tribe of Levi
Tribe of Gad
Tribe of Naphtali
Tribe of Dan
Tribe of Asher
Tribe of Judah
One of the most wonderful things about preparing for this was that everyone in the church contributed their time, talents, service, and resources to make this happen. We worked for seven months beforehand to get Capernaum ready for Vacation Bible School.