Knights of North Castle

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Tee Knights of North Castle Vacation Bible School collected donations throughout the summer program and donated a tenth of those funds to the Monett Police Department for their Shop with a Cop Christmas program. From left, Monett Police Officer Perry receives a check from VBS attendees Yvonne, Yvalyn and Yvette Valenciano and Officer Gold. Contributed photo

Local churches wrap up successful summer

With summer coming to an end local students who participated in the annual St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Waldensian Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church Vacation Bible Study are celebrating a successful year.

Thirty five children ages 4-17 enjoyed being Knights of North Castle during a vacation bible school event held three hours each morning for a week at the First Christian Disciples of Christ Church at 4th and Wishart in Monett.

The Rev. Randy Crane presents a check to Southwest Missouri Coalition of Charities manager Rachel Lubbering and her sidekick, Ava, at the First Christian Disciples of Christ Church during the Knights of North Castle Vacation Bible School. Contributed photo

Members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church were in rotation for leadership of the vent this year, but the size of St. Stephen’s does not accommodate the group, so First Christian allowed St. Stephen’s to use their House of God.

For 39 years, four churches have offered Vacation Bible School to the community with First Presbyterian and Waldensian Presbyterian Churches also participating. This year, however, with 18 adult volunteers there were 13 churches represented during the course of the program.

Ten teens, many of whom have grown up with this VBS, after their group Bible study, chose the area in which to serve as helpers to the adult Castle guides. Knights followed a schedule including opening and closing assemblies with music and videos, Bible study/reflection, crafts, science,  recreation and snacks.

The spiritual armor of God, as found in Ephesians 6:10-16, was the theme. A tin-smith from Licking crafted the shield of faith for making sandwiches on Thursday.

Also, Sparky, the ice-breathing dragon entertained the Knights with jokes and training in horse riding, climbing to the castle turrets, archery and bowing and scraping. Knights searched for the King’s special armor using clues from the King’s Book (the Holy Bible).

The Southwest Missouri Coalition of Charities was our Mission project with a tithe of the total given to the Monett Police Department in appreciation for officers’ daily sacrificial service, as well as a boost to their Shop with a Cop Christmas project.

An anonymous donor also doubled the amount given by volunteers and families, so that SWMOCC received $1,383.12 and the Police Dept. received $153.68.

First Christian Church is in rotation to host the 40th VBS  next summer.