Stay cool when it’s hot!
This was explored at Aurora Advent Christian Church’s Vacation Bible School, “Lava Lava Luau,” June 6-10.
The tropical luau-themed school included Bible lessons, craft activities, and small and large group discussions.
Morning sessions were held indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
Volunteer teachers, guides and assistants included Adventist Christian adults and youth as well as adults and youth from the Redeemer Community Church, which celebrates Sunday afternoon at Aurora Advent.
Controlling emotions through the word of God was the theme of the participants, 53 children from kindergarten to sixth grade.
A different emotion was explored in each of the school sessions.
Tori Mull, headmistress of the school and wife of pastor Matt Mull, said the emotions brought to light were anger, sadness, jealousy and frustration and learning to respond with kindness to negative attitudes.
On Friday evening, June 10, Tori Mull led a closing program for parents and caregivers that showcased the talents of her students with readings, songs and choreography.
For each school day, groups of students shared readings. Other highlights were group songs and music videos chronicling school activities.
Mull thanked school volunteers, youth and adults from the Aurora Advent and Redeemer Community, for their service.
She announced that the students had raised $200 to benefit Compassion International, a nonprofit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Compassion is a global ministry that serves over 2.2 million babies, children and young adults by partnering with over 8,500 churches in 27 countries to help break the cycle of poverty.
Compassion provides a direct path to children who need help the most by partnering with evangelical, indigenous churches on the front lines of poverty.
Pastor Mull said Aurora’s contributions will help build two water systems in an underserved country.
Refreshments in the church gymnasium concluded the event.