Vocational Bible Study 2022
Between the 5th and 8th December, 2022 pupils at Patmos Cottage School attended a Vocational Bible Study event at the school.
Vocational Bible Study, (VBS) is a fun-filled program many churches offer, usually during the summer months or at the end of the school year, to connect with the children and families in their communities. It is an outreach event and the purpose is to incorporate themed activities that entertain children with the chance also to learn about God. VBS is a popular end of term activity for Christians and non-Christians alike. Churches generally run VBS for a week, and each program has its own theme that children can explore. A week of VBS usually includes games, crafts, snacks and, of course, Bible lessons.
The project name for this particular VBS event was 'Positive Impact' - "Building a thriving future for children which requires practical knowledge and necessary skills to live a flourishing life and a life honoring God". The theme of the VBS was 'obedience'.
The pupils were divided into groups based on their grades for the learning sessions. Grades 1 - 5 were all taught the same lessons, although structured for their particular age groups, whereas for the graduate group, Grade 8, being the older pupils their lessons were slightly different. On the first day of the event the focus was on character building. On day two the sessions were games and activity based, interspersed with lessons from the Bible and how to make positive decisions for their lives.
On day three there was a 'recap' session to ensure that the pupils had fully understood the lessons taught. This was followed by a games session.
On day four there was a games competition where all the children participated and this was followed by a 'recap' of all the week's lessons and teachings from the Bible. The children were then asked to reflect on the teachings/lessons they had been taught and how these might help them in their own lives.
Orphan Outreach/Yatima Outreach and Patmos Cottage School are passionate about conscious living and spirituality. We Partner with Parklands Baptist Church which hosts Vacation Bible School (VBS) every year. Pupils from Patmos Cottage School have attended the VBS consistently since 2016.