By Martha Williams

When I was in high school (‘54-’57), I went to a wonderful little church, the Berean Baptist, in New Berlin, New York, a tiny town in the middle of the state.

We had a very active youth group with lots of activities planned, depending on the weather.

One of our members had a farm with nice hills and in the winter, the whole group would go sledding, followed by hot cocoa and cookies in the house despite a bunch of wet, snowy teens invading their living room. Another time, we went to Syracuse to a Billy Graham crusade and that’s where I became a Christian.

In the summer, one of the things our church did was Vacation Bible School and the youth group’s high school kids were expected to help with the little ones.

It was lots of fun. The class I helped with was 6 year olds, and while some had more trouble than others paying attention, it usually went very well. I enjoyed doing it and I guess it was a bit of “training” for later years when I would become a Sunday School teacher here (in my previous church).

My students were pre- and young teens, and what a group. I would bring them a story from the Bible, and a brief explanation of the lesson the people had learned. Then I would ask them how they thought that lesson applied to life today.

And they were amazing. Those kids came up with excellent examples, those kids who today are young adults, some with their own families, or in the military or other career choices.

I find it a bit disappointing that so many fewer kids seem to be interested in church activities today. Driving through town to my church, and seeing so many of them just walking around and “hanging out” I am often tempted to stop and ask why they aren’t in Sunday School or church. But they’d probably laugh at me, or, heaven forbid, complain to parents who would call the law about some crazy woman accosting their kids.

So far, there are two VBS programs scheduled.

Grace Lutheran: July 17 – 21, 9 a.m. to noon, for kids Kindergarten to 5th grade. Call 707-464-4712 to register your child.

First Baptist: July 26 -28, 6 p.m.-8 pm, Pre-K to 5th grade. SonQuest Rainforest is the program. You can register your child online on the church website. Note that this is an evening program, making it easier for working parents to bring their kids.

The July meeting of AGLOW will take place Tuesday at noon at the Apple Peddler restaurant.

The speaker will be Daphaney Williams, the founder of Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings for women who have been incarcerated. She has a real heart for helping them to get a new and better start in life. Men and women are welcome. You may order food and drink from the menu.

New Life Community hurch will host the Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary for a fundraiser July 20-21. Thursday, the sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books are Fun, now called Collective Goods, will bring books, including Christian books, cook books, novels, kids books, electronics, and gift items.

The hospital volunteers would appreciate any support you can give. The proceeds from the sale fund the scholarships the Auxiliary gives, helping nursing and other medical students.

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email watchnwait@charter.net

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