Anyone passing by the First Assembly of God Church any evening this week may have noticed a bit of a chill in the air, and it wasn’t from the break in the weather.
The church is hosting Holtville’s final Vacation Bible School of the summer, Operation Arctic: Exploring The Coolest Book On The Planet.
If the elaborate winter set decorations and cool air conditioning didn’t convince the dozens of children who took part that they were actually in the arctic, having Pastor Michael Foss bundled up in cold weather clothing certainly did.
The kids were broken up into a few different groups each night and rotated through a variety of different activities. While one group worked on craft projects, another would be outside participating in a team building exercise. The others would be inside learning about some of the bible’s lessons or having a snack.
Even snack time turned into a learning experience: on Tuesday, kids created butterflies with their food and learned that butterflies represent transformation.
Pastor Foss had plenty of help from the Explorer Guides, teenagers and young adults who helped guide the younger children through the evening activities. The program was open to kids from kindergarten through the sixth grade.
Every evening ended with the whole group gathering together to sing songs and learn a significant word representing each letter in BIBLE. Each letter in turn helped lead them to the creation of a secret handshake that won’t be fully revealed until the final session on Friday night. The kids also watched a chapter of a video each evening. It was created by members of a church not so different from their own and chronicled the adventures of a man on an adventure of discovery in the frozen north.