The Salvation Army in Maple Creek was filled with youthful cries of joy last week.
As each day passed, as children shed inhibitions and became more and more engrossed in a fun-packed program of activities, the volume increased.
Music, dancing, crafts, games and Bible verses – there was plenty to keep minds and bodies engaged during the five-day Vacation Bible School.
It culminated on Friday with a special showing of the movie, “Rise of the Guardians”, a title similar to the one for the school camp, “Rise Up Guardians”.
Also on offer were daily meals and tasty treats prepared by Nico Avery-Weitzel and volunteer Phyllis Henderson.
The 9.30am-1pm sessions were attended by 20-25 children from the Maple Creek area and run by Winnipeg-based cadets Tim and Kerrin Fraser, who are training to become Salvation Army officers. They were helped by Serenity Knorr.
Throughout the week, the school maintained a video link with Beaver Creek Camp, just outside Saskatoon, which provides a summer getaway for hundreds of youth every year. Activities in Maple Creek were coordinated by Beaver Creek Camp.
The Frasers, whose children Jordan and Emily attended last week’s school, came to Maple Creek to shadow Majors Ed and Charlotte Dean, learn how to run a Salvation Army Church, and provide as much support as possible. This was their first visit to Maple Creek, and they are enjoying the experience.
When the News-Times visited The Salvation Army last Wednesday, children were doing papier-mâché crafts.
“It has been a lot of fun,” said Kerrin.
The couple’s path to officership became clear after they attended an Officer Information Weekend.
They were accepted as part of the 2020 Messengers of Reconciliation Session at the College for Officer Training in Winnipeg.
“We hope to be commissioned as officers next year,” said Kerrin.