When I arrived
to help set up for VBS
I was amazed at how much progress was made yesterday,
while I was playing with Charlie.
Above is the 'stage'.
The back wall was constructed out of segments
of old cardboard boxes.
I had spent two days painting the 'bricks'.
The large lions are on loan from an antique shop in Atlanta.
All of the greenery at the base was made by my friends.
The greenery around the top was donated by parishioners.
The lovely urns were drawn and painted on cardboard
by my friend Becky.
In the center is a video screen
which will help the children learn the songs and dances.
I'm really impressed!
A LOT of 'work' had also been done on 'my tent',
the 'Astronomy School':
Some of the 'girls' hung muslin for the walls
and two of the men strung all of the lights.
You can see a basket full of balloons on the left,
and on the table to the right are baskets with cut up paper
for paper mache.
I spent hours blowing up balloons and cutting paper strips.
There are storage shelves where the paper mache globes will dry overnight.
Since this is the 'Astronomy School',
I added a bunch of stars to the already twinkle-lit 'ceiling'.
I think kids will be mesmerized by this spot,
This is the food court:
here's another view:
The children receive gold coins every morning
and they get to spend them doing various crafts
and purchasing food.
Of course, there's really no cost for anything,
but it gives them the feel of budgeting their money.
Several of you asked what the craft is that I will be teaching.
Here are a few photos:
It is a round paper macho globe,
which has constellations 'punched' into it
using a bamboo skewer.
I hope your monitor will allow you to see these two pictures
that I took in the dark:
The globe sits on a battery operated tea light,
and it becomes a little night light for each child.
The constellation above is the Scorpion,
and I believe the top one is the Big Dipper,
at a tough angle.
I am excited about VBS starting on Monday.
It really is all for the children,
but I've already received so much
back for the little I've invested.
I love the people I'm working with,
and I've learned an incredible amount.
It's a wonderful journey!