Sugar Land First United Methodist Church 5th Grade VBS participate in Mission projects

5th Grade VBS class visits SL Fire Station.

5th Grade VBS class visits SL Fire Station.

Sugar Land First United Methodist Church recently held its annual week long Vacation Bible School with record numbers in attendance.  Instead of participating in the usual VBS activities, the 5th grade students spent the week completing many mission projects for the church and the surrounding community.

On Monday, the kids worked on many of the church’s own Mission projects.  The students cut and counted box tops totaling $130 that will be donated to Townewest Elementary.   They took inventory of school supplies for School Bus Express, got items ready for the Christmas Giving Tree, put together Manna Bags for the homeless, and divided items for the T-3 homeless ministry.  Finally, they also sorted and packed many books for the library at Darrington Seminary, a prison-based seminary that helps transform inmates into actual ministers.

On Tuesday, the students visited East Fort Bend Human Needs in Stafford.  They learned about how this agency served over 40,000 families in East Fort Bend County.  The kids donated their time by helping sort food in the pantry and by cleaning shelves and arranging clothing in the resale shop.

On Wednesday, the group went to the Rainbow Room in Richmond.  They learned all about how Children’s Protective Services helps abused and neglected children in the area.  The kids helped out by organizing donated toys and books.

On Thursday, the students traveled to Sugar Land Fire Station #1.  The students brought baked goods to the firefighters to thank them for their service to our community.  The kids toured the fire department, learned all about fire safety and how the first responders save our lives.  They were also able to see the firefighters leave on a real emergency call.

The highlight of the week was on Friday, when the 5th graders “graduated” to Teen Aides with the ceremonial exchanging of t-shirts.  As Teen Aides, they promise to mission to others next year by serving as helpers at next summers’ VBS.

For more information on Sugar Land First United Methodist Children’s Ministry or next summer’s VBS program, please contact Dena Lee, or for any of the church’s Missions, contact Jimmy Fenwick.  Both can be reached through the church’s main office at 281-491-6041.

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