REPORT OF KUVBS - 2004
Let us praise and thank
God Almighty for his marvelous grace and blessing upon us during
this twelve days of fellowship in KUVBS 2004. Praise God for the
wonderful VBS we had this year.
Kuwait United Vacation bible school started in 1984
organized jointly by the Mar Thoma and CSI parishes. In the year
1996, the KUVBS was conducted in a period of two weeks, and this
is being followed ever since. The VBS is organized every year during
the three months of summer vacation. The study materials required
for the VBS, were brought by various individuals and families from
KUVBS 2004 was conducted from 11th June to 25th June with the final
talent day program scheduled on 2nd July 2004.
The theme for this year's KUVBS was "You
are my Friends" taken from "John
15: 14" which says, "You
are my Friends if you do what I command you".
Following is a brief report on the events associated with this year's
Administration of KUVBS 2004:
A general body meeting of CSI and Mar Thoma Sunday
School representatives for KUVBS 2004 was conducted on 15th January
2004 in which the following office bearers were unanimously selected:
||Rev. Idiculla K. George
||Rev. P.P. Kuruvilla
|| Rev. Jiji Joseph - CSI
||Mrs. Reni Cyriac - CSI
|Joint Convener :
||Mrs. Varsha John - CSI
||Mrs. Gracy Alexander
||Mr. K.A. Mathew
A group of 17 committee members was selected as executive
committee members for the organization of KUVBS along with different
conveners and coordinators, responsible to carry out many functions
of the KUVBS.
We had 3 General Body and 5 Executive Committee meetings
held to decide and discuss on various activities and issues related
to KUVBS. The General body meeting held on 11th March 2004, during
which a farewell was given to Rev. Dr. P. S. Daniel and Rev. Sam
Samuel, the patrons of KUVBS for the last three years. Farewell
gifts were given to the Achens on behalf of KUVBS as a token of
our love and appreciation.
This year we had a blessed team of 60 teachers, 5
Section coordinators and 17 enthusiastic volunteers who worked with
a total of 672 children to make this VBS a grand success.
Teachers' Training Session:
On 3rd June 2004, a training session was conducted
for teachers to guide them on how to prepare the lessons and how
to carry out the activities in the class within the allotted time.
Teachers handbooks and workbooks were distributed to help them prepare
the lessons in advance. Mrs. Annie Mathew, Mr. Kurian Kurian from
the CSI church were among the teachers training leaders . In this
meeting, we had the privilege to welcome CSI St. Peters Congregation's
new Vicar Rev. Jiji Joseph.
Teachers' Dedication Meeting:
Our KUVBS Director Rev. Biju George, Students Chaplain
of St. Thomas Residential School Trivandrum, arrived in Kuwait on
10th June 2004 and we were fortunate to welcome him to the dedication
meeting conducted on the same day. This meeting was held for all
the teachers, volunteers and all committee members. A candle lighting
ceremony was conducted during which the dedication song "Bind
us Together Lord" was sung. KUVBS folders were distributed
to teachers, Volunteers and other member's of KUVBS.
The inaugural function for the opening day was held
on 11th June,2004 at 3:30pm in NECK with an opening prayer by Rev.
P.P. Kuruvilla followed by a lively singing session by the music
team. Mrs. Reni Cyriac welcomed the guests and the children, and
Rev. Idiculla K. George introduced the Director to the audience.
Rev. Biju George gave a brief message introducing the KUVBS theme
for 2004 followed by the dedication ceremony of students.
An audiovisual display was presented followed by a
colorful choreography presented by Miss. Leena Varkki from our CSI
church which described the theme. We had the ceremonial lighting
of the candle and dedication of students. After receiving the KUVBS
badges and flags, students, teachers and others participated in
the rally. The Achens led the rally and everybody marched merrily
to the theme song played by the Music team.
Rev. Idiculla K. George gave the inaugural address and Rev. Jiji
Joseph CSI Vicar declared KUVBS 2004 open and concluded the ceremony
with a prayer and benediction.
Each day of KUVBS started with a teacher's devotion
led by Rev.Biju George. Singing session started every day at 3:30pm.
It was conducted in the Church and Parish hall for the junior students
and in the North Tent for the senior students. A devotional talk
for students was conducted everyday by Rev. Biju George. Classes
were conducted in two sessions for ten days. Each day had a special
theme. The first session of class dealt with the study of a Bible
portion related to the day's theme. The second session for the junior
students included lots of Art and Craft work along with different
games while the senior students learnt about "How the bible
was written and preserved" along with different topics for
debate and also different activities. Different competitions were
arranged during VBS to encourage the children and these included
Colouring competition, Wealth from waste, Vegetable carving, Flower
Each day had special theme, which were adopted for
daily meditation and devotional sessions. They were "You are
my friends", " Jesus pardons", "Jesus preserves",
"Jesus protects", "Jesus persuades", "Jesus
pays heed", "Jesus promises" ,"Jesus purposes",
"Jesus promotes" , "Jesus prepares"
Mr. Bobby George Kurien led the music team with the
help of Worship Leaders and other dedicated teachers and students.
Among them we had from the CSI church Mr. Eugene Koshy and Mr. Kurien
Kurien as the worship Leaders, Ms. Nikitha Elizabeth Kuruvilla for
the music team and Mr. Chervyl John for playing the Drums. Audio
cassettes & CDs of the KUVBS songs and song book were made available
Refreshments were provided to students everyday, which
were organized by the refreshment committee headed by Mr. John Thomas
supported by a team of dedicated volunteers.
Special Days of KUVBS:
Beauty and Cleanliness: June
15th and 16th were observed as the day of beauty and cleanliness.
All classes were inspected and the selected groups were awarded
with a prize. Different competitions were arranged for each section
which included Wealth from waste, Vegetable carving, Flower arrangement.
Inspection Day: June 21st
was observed as the Inspection Day and all classes were inspected.
One class from each group was selected and prizes were given .
Thanksgiving and Love feast: June
22nd was observed as the day of thanksgiving and Love feast. The
KUVBS as a family participated in true Christian love by sharing
A special cover collection was
carried out to meet the additional expenses of KUVBS. We thank all
the sponsors, parents and students who contributed whole-heartedly.
Coloring Competition: A
coloring competition was conducted and the best-colored song books
was selected from each group. Among the top scores were our students
Reno John Cyriac for Junior and Nichole Nagesh for Senior.
Witnessing Day: Day 11 was observed as
the witnessing day. Many students witnessed and accepted Jesus Christ
as their personal Saviour.
Closing Day: Students were
given certificates for their active participation and successful
completion of their class work on the closing day. The certificates
for the Teachers, Volunteers and the Executive committee members
were distributed on the same day. This day was made more colorful
by giving away special crowns to beginners and primary students,
and by conducting a rally for all. The music team brightened the
rally with their songs. The Convenor Mrs. Reni Cyriac delivered
a vote of thanks to all who participated. Rev. Idiculla K. George
declared the KUVBS 2004 as formally closed by addressing the crowd.
A final meeting of KUVBS was held on 26th June 2004
at NECK, to bid Farewell to the Director. During which certificates
were distributed to the office bearers and Sponsors were also honored
Talent Day: Mr.Dileep.K.Philip,
was selected as the co-ordinator for Talent Day . Students, with
the help of the teachers performed various colourful programs. Miss.
Leena Varkki played a vital role in making the talent day a success.
CSI members- KUVBS 2004
Our Achen Rev.Jiji Joseph was one of the Patrons and
was a great support to KUVBS.
Mrs. Reni Cyriac from the CSI St. Peter's Congregation was the Convenor
for KUVBS 2004 and Mrs. Varsha John was the Joint Convenor while
Mr. Deepak Philip Thomas helped as Final Day Programme Co-ordianator.
Dr. Koshy Varghese , Mr. Mathew Chrisostom , Mr. Thomas
John ,Miss. Leena Mary Varkki , Miss. Biji Varghese, Miss. Kavitha
Mohan and Miss.Ashyana Thomas assisted as volunteers
Miss. Sunitha Elizabeth Thomas , Miss. Nibi John Babu, Mrs. Shruthy
Liz Jacob, Mrs. Manija Vinod, Mrs. Rekha Thomas and Mr. Deepak Philip
Thomas served as KUVBS 2004 teacher's.
Mrs. Preetha Nagesh, our Head Mistress and Mr. Cyriac George , Auditor
of KUVBS 2004 coordinated in every day activities of the KUVBS.
Mrs. Preetha Nagesh, Mr. Cyriac George, Mr. K.P.Koshy also supported
as judges for the Day of Beauty and Cleanliness and for the Day
Mr. Kurien Kurien and Mr. Eugene Koshy were worship
leaders in the music team. Along with them Ms. Nikitha Elizabeth
Kuruvilla for helped in singing and Mr. Chervyl John for playing
Our students Reno John Cyriac from Junior and Nichole Nagesh from
Senior stood first in the colouring competition.
Mr. K.P.Koshy, Mr. P.M. Kurien and Mr. Thomas John
(Moni) were sponsors from the CSI Church.
We appreciate the hard work put in by all the VBS
office bearers, committee members, teachers and volunteers. We do
remember with gratitude the support , encouragement and assistance
given to us by St. Peters CSI Congregation Kuwait, St. Paul's CSI
Church Ahmadi-Kuwait, without which our tasks would have been rendered
We give all the glory honor and praise to Our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We do not know what holds tomorrow, but we know for sure that our
Lord holds our tomorrow. This assurance provides a great hope and
strength into the life of a believer. His words "My Grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2
Cor. 12:9)", should enable us to look to that uncertain tomorrow
with hope and courage. "He is our good friend"
Reni Cyriac - Convenor KUVBS 2004