Over 200 children participated in Vacation Bible School at Comanche Chapel, June 13-17.

“VBS is an opportunity for kids to hear about God and hear about the truth of the word, that the word gives in a fun atmosphere,” said VBS volunteer Lindsay Karch. “I really love the skits and getting to interact with the kids and seeing all of them having so much fun together.”

This year’s theme was “Monumental” and shared the message that God is in control even in situations that seem out of control.

“I think, for military kids, one of the common things you’re hearing is about how God is powerful and able to do all things. Sometimes in their life when they’re having to move around so much, there’s not much predictability, not much within their control,” Chaplain (Col.) Darren Chester, garrison chaplain of U.S. Army Garrison – Fort Hood, said. “Now there’s a God who loves them, who’s in control of all things, who has that power-that’s a really important truth to stand on right there.”

“There’s just been so much chaos around us. Even for kids- you hear about it on the news. I really think that now, more than ever, it’s so important for young kids … to just know that you’re not alone,” Karch said.

“That is so important that we all know that we’re not alone in this world and that somebody’s there with us to help us to get through each and every day,” Karch said.

The kids were given several fun activities to do throughout their time at VBS.

“At Fort Hood, we offer both a VBS preschool and a grade-school program. Each day the children enjoy an opening, closing, and sing and play time,” said Dr. Donna Hilley, one of the directors of religious education. “They also rotate to four different stations; Awesome Bible Adventures, Red Rock Recreation, Oasis Tastes with KidVid Cinema and Imagination Station.”

Hilley and Garrett Northway, directors of religious education, were coordinators for VBS and with the help of over 100 volunteers, they made the week a success.

“I basically love everything about VBS,” Hilley said. “It’s a joy to see happy children experiencing VBS, and I believe it can play an important role in their spiritual readiness. Another one of my favorite parts is working with our wonderful volunteers. Volunteers are one of the key reasons that we can offer this program to our community. Our volunteers gave countless hours of time, energy, and talent to make this program happen. A third area that I really value is our Religious Support Team and their amazing support of this program.”

“I would just like to say thanks to all the volunteers who have helped.” Chester added. “Monumental is the theme for VBS and it’s been a monumental undertaking for all of our volunteers. We couldn’t really do anything we did without them.”

Hilley, who is retiring soon, reflected on the many years she’s participated in VBS and how coordinating VBS at Fort Hood has impacted her.

“I arrived at Fort Hood in 2014, and I’ve enjoyed helping every year. When I was a child, my mom was a VBS director, and I believe her passion for VBS was passed on to me.

I’ve been involved with VBS for many years, and watching children grow in their faith is incredibly impactful,” she said. “It’s also an invaluable gift to see the zeal of our amazing volunteers. I love how our community comes together to volunteer for this program, and their tireless service has made a lasting impact in my heart.”