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Arlington Heights grade schoolers travel back in time

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  • Participants of the Hometown Nazareth vacation Bible school at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights learn how to use old fashioned tools in the carpentry shop.

    Participants of the Hometown Nazareth vacation Bible school at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights learn how to use old fashioned tools in the carpentry shop.
    Courtesy of Patti Thomas

  • Children saw live alpacas and helped clean their sheared fiber and felted real lambs' wool during the Hometown Nazareth vacation Bible school at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights.

    Children saw live alpacas and helped clean their sheared fiber and felted real lambs' wool during the Hometown Nazareth vacation Bible school at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights.
    Courtesy of Patti Thomas

 
Submitted by Patti Thomas

More than 330 students got a real-life lesson in what it was like to live in Bible times recently at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights during the Hometown Nazareth five-day vacation Bible school.

Children experienced a bustling marketplace and sensory overload of sight, smell, sound and touch. They saw live alpacas and helped clean their sheared fiber and felted real lambs' wool; tasted olives and learned how olive oil is pressed and used for dipping in breads; and made scrubs as they mixed it with various spices and ground sugar.

They also learned how to use old fashioned tools; beaded witness bracelets for a mission trip and made necklaces; made a yarmulke and learned about the various symbols; planted vegetables and ground flour, oats and garbanzo beans with stones; dug for coins and specialty stones in the rock quarry; learned and sang African songs; and tie-dyed shirts.

The St. Peter Lutheran vacation Bible schoolers also made hundreds of blankets for children in Guatemala, which will be distributed when children come for vision and medical screening clinics sponsored by MOST Ministries and lead by young adults from St. Peter's Church.

Monies were also raised to buy breakfast and lunch during a vacation Bible school outreach for community children in St. Peter Arlington Heights' sister church in Middelburg, South Africa, and in their satellite church in Soweto, South Africa.

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