Dorothy McKnight | Daily Press
The courtyard of King Nebuchadnezzar's Palace in the ancient city of Babylon was a popular meeting place when he ruled from 605-562 B.C. and the same was true for the youngsters who took part in the Vacation Bible School held this week at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Escanaba. The theme for the VBS was "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity." At the start of each night's session, the children gathered with their leaders and sang songs before beginning the planned activities for the evening.
The market place at Salem Church was open for business and the VBS youngsters stopped at the different “shops” to make the daily crafts that were offered throughout the Bible school. The shops were aptly named “Jewelry Bazaar,” “Metal Working Shop,” Mosaic Studio,” “Cylinder Seal Shop,” “Astronomy School,” “Hanging Gardens Nursery,” and “Food Court.”
Volunteer Lois Robbert assists VBS kids, Kylie Pryal, left, and Kailyn Van Court as they pound nails to make holes in the flutes they are making. Robbert said the flutes actually work when the children complete them.
Shop keeper, Londa Kirchenwitz, prepared her Astronomy School where the children would make paper mache crystal balls using balloons, paper scraps and luminaries.
Seventeen-year-old Mitchell Johnson helped the youngsters make a cylinder seal similar to what was used for marking and sealing important documents and correspondence in ancient times.