VBS 2016 - Cave Quest

At VBS 2016 (July 18-22), 74 children sang, danced, and proclaimed that "Jesus is the light of the world!" This year's theme was CaveQuest, and we learned how the light shines through the darkness! Equipped with flashlights, glow bracelets, flicker lights, and glow in the dark stars, children enjoyed letting their light shine throughout the church, transformed into a cave....and as they did, they learned Bible stories, did crafts, and ate snacks tied to that theme. A fabulous week wrapped up with a closing picnic, complete with fantastic musical numbers by every age group in VBS!

 

School Starts August 29!

Monday, August 29 is the first day of school for Montgomery County students, and many families struggle to provide school supplies for their children. On August 7, church members assembled 88 school backpacks with donated notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, composition books, glue, erasers, and pocket folders. Sponsored by Ashton's United Methodist Women, this annual "Backpack" mission project will send many children off to school this year with a new backpack and the items they need for productive learning and educational success.

 

The Inside Out-Siders

It's amazing to consider what was accomplished during just a week (August 1-5) of Mission Camp 2016! For 5 days, children and youth from 2nd-12th grades, put their muscles, skills, and hearts to work in the community. Mission projects included making bag lunches for shelter residents and doing cleaning at a shelter run by Interfaith Works, sorting and bagging food for Nourish Now, visiting and making cards for residents at the Himalayan House, doing yard work for a CALMRA group home, and collecting food for Ashton UMC's food pantry. Campers made a difference in the lives of those around them while learning about how God changes us from the inside out as we serve others!