VBS in Watonga

On June 27 through 29, the Cathedral and Oakerhater Guild sponsored Oakerhater Vacation Bible School for Cheyenne and Arapaho youth at the Whirlwind Mission in Watonga.  All children in Watonga were invited to participate.

Our theme was "Going Fishing With Jesus".

Each morning started out with breakfast for the youth followed by games outside, crafts, a science demonstration, music and song, storytime, worship, Eucharist and lunch. Following lunch there was a little more play before going home. VBS ended around 1pm each day; then our St Paul's volunteers went swimming at Roman Nose, visited important local Native American sites and had the opportunity to make a Native American flute. 

Flute maker and musician, Albert Grey Eagle and his assistants gave us background on Native American flutes and told how local materials were always used. Mr Grey Eagle had cut river cane for us from which we made our flutes. We then decorated them with leather ties, beads and feathers. Mr Grey Eagle made them sound beautiful even though some of us were musically challenged.

We had between 30 and 41 VBS youth participants each of the three days. Friday we had a pizza lunch and afterwards, wet day with water balloons, wading pools and sprinklers.

Thanks to our St Paul's youth volunteers Susanna Lemasters, Marrissa March and Kalin March. And thanks to adult volunteers: Carol Hampton, Buzz and Todis McDonald, James Collins, Karen Meites, Gail Garloch, Blue Clark, Janice and Bruce Eberhard, Patti Morgan, Lucy Smith, Charoltte Corneil, Maryl Baird, James Dorsey, Carol Owen, Amy Johns and Bill & Judy Johns.