“Campfire 1801” was the theme for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at New Harmony Christian Church during this past weekend in keeping with the celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary.
In addition to learning Bible stories, the children enjoyed learning about customs in the homes and churches during the early 1800s, sang “older” VBS songs, made bread and butter to eat, and made crafts to remind them of that time period.
Bonnets had been made for each of the girls attending and the boys wore coonskin hats.
The closing program was held on Sunday morning and the children enjoyed sharing their songs with the congregation in addition to having their crafts on display. “Wanted” posters with a picture of each child were also on display. The posters stated they were wanted for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and stated their reward was “a life filled with love, grace, and mercy in Christ forever!”
The children (and congregation) also enjoyed a visit from Raccoon John Smith, who shared information about his life, family, and the beliefs that led him to share the gospel as a traveling preacher in the 1800s.
The program closed with a video recap of the happenings during “Campfire 1801.”