By Janette Haak
This year, I’m ecstatic that we’re going to offer Family Holy Land Adventure! We’re running this in place of the typical morning Vacation Bible School. The Holy Land Adventure, Galilee by the Sea is for the entire family and will run in the evenings from 6-8 P.M.
We’re so excited to offer an opportunity for families to come together and share this experience. The entire family is invited no matter what their age. The family will be together in one tribe and they will travel together as a group the entire evening. By doing this program, we give the opportunity to working parents and especially dads to come participate in the fellowship, praise and fun.
The entire family is invited no matter what their age.
The participants will be divided into twelve groups, each bearing the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. These tribes will be called by the Shofar (a ram’s horn instrument) to gather for singing and dancing. The tribes will visit a model marketplace in Galilee, a synagogue school, and a village playground.
During tribal time, they will learn Jewish traditions such as the Shema, which is a prayer using the words of Deuteronomy 6, “Hear oh Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Hear oh Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
During their time in the marketplace, they will have the opportunity to work on a variety of fun crafts. Just a few of the choices include hammering letters in a leather fish, making a mosaic box, braiding a rope, and tye dying a bag. During this time, a drama will also unfold, everyone stops what they’re doing to watch and listen.
Because it runs in the evening, July 27-31, we run it Sunday thru Thurs night. Monday-Thurs night, we will offer dinner for a donation starting at 5pm. The team leaders of In His Service have enjoyed being a part of helping with our program and this year will not be different.
They’re willing to shuffle the schedule around a bit to make their evenings free to still be a part of our program! So, if you have youth helping with In His Service, they will have the opportunity to still be a part of it.
The youth from In His Service can either help with a tribe, or be a shop keeper or help with games. They can also choose to just go around with their families. I have also been told that if there are some youth who really don’t want to be a part of it at all, there will be an alternative for them. (I don’t think that will be very likely)
We will have a tent set up in the lobby on May 11 and May 18. You will be able to sign up at that point. We will have computers in the lobby. On Thurs, May 29, at 7pm we will have a planning meeting. If you’re interested in volunteering or helping in any way, please plan to attend that meeting. If you have questions contact Janette Haak.
We’re looking forward to our Holy Land Adventure. For some families, this will be a new experience, and for some, it will be a “blast from the past.” No matter what you’re experience, I know your family is going to grow in their faith and build special memories while doing it! You won’t want to miss this; register now!