Vacation Bible School Keeps Kids Anchored

By: 
Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, from June 25 to 29, has a sports-themed program this year, topped off by a visit and presentation from KC Wolf, the entertaining mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs. 
“Dan Meers, who portrays KC Wolf, goes to my sister’s church,” said Cora Harms, VBS Director at Cedar Grove. “He gives motivational speeches and does programs for children based on character, and how to behave in God’s presence. So I called him and he agreed to come. I had hoped to schedule his visit for Friday, the last day of VBS, but he had other engagements and came on Tuesday instead.”
KC Wolf is loved by his fans. He dances, imitates Elvis and performs hilarious routines. The Kansas City Chiefs website identifies him as one of the most entertaining mascots in professional sports. Meer is in high demand as a humorous and motivational speaker, averaging more than 150 speaking engagements each year in the U.S. KC Wolf has presented over 3,000 school assemblies for students of all ages on topics such as bullying; the importance of attitude, behavior and character; preparation for state standardized tests; self-esteem, hard work and saying NO to drugs; proper eating and exercise for a healthy lifestyle; and the importance of reading and learning.
 Cedar Grove has been fortunate in its efforts to bring in special guests for VBS to motivate high attendance. Last July, Harms was able to schedule Darin Stephens, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA to make a presentation at VBS fitting in with the theme of “Galactic Starveyors – Discovering the God of the Universe.” Stephens related how God created the whole universe.
The theme for this year’s VBS program is “Game On, Gearing for Life’s Big Game.” It is for children aged 4 years through 6th grade, and begins with lunch at 12:30 PM, and a fun-filled spiritual adventure from 1 to 5 PM each day. 
“We offer Bible study and encourage real life applications,” said Harms. “We want to introduce the children to Jesus and let them know that He is the Savior. We also want them to know that it is possible to have a personal relationship with Him, but it is their choice. So many of our children are unchurched, and we hope they will remember VBS lessons and the fun they have, to help them later on in life.”
Harms said the offering collected each day of VBS to be used for a charitable organization which benefits children.  Last year offering collections were donated to an orphanage in India.
Cedar Grove Baptist Church is located at 31766 Cedar Grove Avenue, and can be reached by phone at 660-438-5675. Its website is www.cedargrovebc.net.

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