Congregational Church of Hollis hosts vacation bible school

Showers and high humidity did little to dampen the exuberance and laughter of 72 children, teens and adults at the Hollis Congregational Church Vacation Bible School held from July 23-26. Activities included wood working, science, games, crafts, cooking, singing, dance, bells, skits and puppets, all under the theme of “The Fruits of the Spirit.”

Organized by co-superintendents Kim Verrecchia and Kim Burton, along with Minister of Faith Formation, Pat Harris, the program drew people from Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Merrimack and Nashua. Highlights included learning about caterpillars and butterflies from Lee Harper, parachute games, and making individual candy dispensers from wood. Under the direction of Janet Sterritt, a dozen fifth and sixth graders learned to play bells in four short lessons, impressing the audience at the closing program.

For the adults involved, one of the most rewarding aspects of vacation bible school is seeing last year’s campers become this year’s helpers and leaders. Several activities were led entirely by the 16 local teen volunteers, including singing, dance, games, skits and puppets. Special thanks to all 37 of the adult and teen volunteers! We look forward to seeing the children and volunteers at next summer’s vacation bible school.