2015-07-25 / News

Mackinac Island Bible Church Hosts Vacation Bible School


Students attending the vacation Bible school included (in no order, not all pictured) Nora Bailey, Ross Baumgard, Sophie Beech, Lakelyn Bunker, Clara Chambers, Autumn Cornell, Nyna Cruchet, Xavier Cruchet, Isaac Dittrich, Jenavieve Fisher, Jordan Fisher, Brady Hardy, Brigid Hegarty, Brendan Hegarty, Rachael Hubel, Kate Huthwaite, Chaz Huthwaite, Anna Kaminen, Keegan McManus, Kiera McManus, Maura McManus, Logan McManus, Avery Martin, Lilly Parish, Dylan Pulte, Derek Pulte, Hugo Pulte, Anastasia Shafer, Katerina Shafer, Mabel Styburski, Otillia Styburski, Bella Urzagate, Catilyn Weir, and Grace Whittemore. Teachers and various adult volunteers included (in no order, not all pictured) Jennifer Calleweart, Carol Rearick, Christi Dupre, Jill and Tom Monte, Ann Levy, Jill Levy, Sheri McCurley, Mary McGovern, Barb Kovalak, Deb Styburski, Rev. Fred Zobel, Pastor Ken Straight, Lori Straight, Joan Barch, Julie Fisher, Barbara Jean Hubel, Rebecca Blanton, Morgan Gaithe, Sydney Vanbulle, and Amy Pauline. Students attending the vacation Bible school included (in no order, not all pictured) Nora Bailey, Ross Baumgard, Sophie Beech, Lakelyn Bunker, Clara Chambers, Autumn Cornell, Nyna Cruchet, Xavier Cruchet, Isaac Dittrich, Jenavieve Fisher, Jordan Fisher, Brady Hardy, Brigid Hegarty, Brendan Hegarty, Rachael Hubel, Kate Huthwaite, Chaz Huthwaite, Anna Kaminen, Keegan McManus, Kiera McManus, Maura McManus, Logan McManus, Avery Martin, Lilly Parish, Dylan Pulte, Derek Pulte, Hugo Pulte, Anastasia Shafer, Katerina Shafer, Mabel Styburski, Otillia Styburski, Bella Urzagate, Catilyn Weir, and Grace Whittemore. Teachers and various adult volunteers included (in no order, not all pictured) Jennifer Calleweart, Carol Rearick, Christi Dupre, Jill and Tom Monte, Ann Levy, Jill Levy, Sheri McCurley, Mary McGovern, Barb Kovalak, Deb Styburski, Rev. Fred Zobel, Pastor Ken Straight, Lori Straight, Joan Barch, Julie Fisher, Barbara Jean Hubel, Rebecca Blanton, Morgan Gaithe, Sydney Vanbulle, and Amy Pauline. Vacation Bible School, held by the Mackinac Island Bible Church, hosted 35 children from Monday, July 6, to Thursday, July 9, at Ste. Anne’s Church. Little Stone Church also contributed.

Led by program director Jennifer Callewaert, the Vacation Bible School has been held annually since the 1970s. Ms. Callewaert has led the program since about 2000.

Children sang songs, worked on various arts and crafts, and learned through a faith-based curriculum.

Ms. Callewaert said the children learned various Bible passages, and their messages.

“A lot of these questions are really good for kids because they deal with the things they deal with in the classroom every day,” Ms. Callewaert said. “It gives them somewhat of a moral compass to help them deal with those issues they might have, maybe loneliness, maybe feeling left out.”

Justin Dittrich of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms led the children in spiritual music and worship studies.

“The curriculum is really about helping children understand their uniqueness,” Mr. Dittrich said. “How people are gifted makes a difference to the people around them.”

This year, for the first time, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours provided shuttle service — dubbed the “Bible bus” — from the General Store in Harrisonville to Ste. Anne’s. It was something organizers had wanted to do for parents who work, and have a tough time getting their children to the Bible School.

The children who attended this year’s Vacation Bible School included Nora Bailey, Ross Baumgard, Sophie Beech, Lakelyn Bunker, Clara Chambers, Autumn Cornell, Nyna Cruchet, Xavier Cruchet, Isaac Dittrich, Jenavieve Fisher, Jordan Fisher, Brady Hardy, Brigid Hegarty, Brendan Hegarty, Rachael Hubel, Kate Huthwaite, Chaz Huthwaite, Anna Kaminen, Keegan Mc- Manus, Kiera McManus, Maura McManus, Logan McManus, Avery Martin, Lilly Parish, Dylan Pulte, Derek Pulte, Hugo Pulte, Anastasia Shafer, Katerina Shafer, Mabel Styburski, Otillia Styburski, Bella Urzagate, Catilyn Weir, and Grace Whittemore.

Teachers and various adult volunteers or assistants included Jennifer Callewaert, Carol Rearick, Christi Dupre, Jill and Tom Monte, Ann Levy, Jill Levy, Sheri McCurley, Mary McGovern, Barb Kovalak, Deb Styburski, Reverend Fred Zobel, Pastor Ken Straight, Lori Straight, Joan Barch, Julie Fisher, Barbara Jean Hubel, Rebecca Blanton, Morgan Gaithe, Sydney Vanbulle, and Amy Pauline.

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