Kevin Pendergrass shows a craft he made out of "found objects" at Fountain City United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School. The week's theme was Maker Fun Factory.

Fountain City United Methodist Church rolled out the red carpet … and lots of Legos … for their Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School this week. Kids enjoyed hands-on activities and games, all aimed at the week’s theme, that God made each of them for a reason.

These robots were created to decorate and raise money for missions at the Fountain City UMC VBS.

Melissa Greene is co-leading VBS with Rebecca Ankeny this year, and she said the theme is timely and fun for the kids. In the weeks leading up the VBS, the church’s youth and children were challenged to create robots for display, and VBS attendees got to vote for their favorites with their offering money.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Greene.

And while kids through fourth grade stayed at the church for VBS, the fifth graders got to work with service projects in the field, spending a day each with the church’s facilities crew, Fountain City Ministry Center, the Love Kitchen and Lost Sheep Ministries.

“It’s an opportunity for them to think a little bigger, think of people besides themselves,” Greene said.

The week’s offerings are going to a good cause, too. For $5, Living Water for Peru can provide clean drinking water for one person for a year. So far, the VBS kids have raised enough to provide for 100 people, “which is fabulous,” said Greene. She expects the week’s total to double that number.

Kids learn songs with motions at Fountain City UMC Vacation Bible School.

There are just under 200 kids registered for VBS at the church this year, and 115 adults and youth registered as volunteers. But, Greene said there are many people in the church family who helped with VBS and did not register, people who donated supplies or helped decorate.

“It takes a community of people to bring this to the kids,” she said. “We are humbled to be able to do so and to share God’s message with the kids.”

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Written by Shannon Carey
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