The past two Saturdays (May 28th and June 4th) 80 plus people from various churches were trained for work in Vacation Bible School (VBS). There were two training sessions this year, one in Chula Vista at Hilltop Baptist Church and one in Escondido at Bethel Baptist Church.
The training sessions were presented with three main purposes in mind.
- One, explaining this year's Lifeway VBS theme, Spark Academy
- Two, how to win a child to Jesus
- Three, how to keep a child's attention
The classes included VBS Administration, Adult VBS, Upper and Lower Elementary, Missions, Music, and Crafts. The VBS volunteers from Hilltop and Iglesia Bautista Torre Fuerte (which partners with Hilltop) along with Judy Carlisle staffed this year's VBS training.
Other topics included "sharing VBS materials and decorations" and "VBS follow up". General sessions included Spark Academy music, children's music from the past, testimonials of the importance of VBS, and giveaways which included VBS decorations and a Block Party trailer usage. A free lunch was also given which included chicken sandwiches donated by Chikfila.
The leaders of the training, Judy Carlisle and Pastor Walt Hatch of Hilltop are thankful for all of those that were involved with this year's VBS training!