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Crafted for the kids

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Composed of such items as flour, wallpaper paste or white glue, paper mâché has long been an easy-to-make hard material widely used in arts and crafts. But at Salem Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is also being used creatively through decorative figures in vacation Bible school, campmeeting and children’s programs.Composed of such items as flour, wallpaper paste or white glue, paper mâché has long been an easy-to-make hard material widely used in arts and crafts. But at Salem Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is also being used creatively through decorative figures in vacation Bible school, campmeeting and children’s programs.

According to Molly De Peña, wife of the church’s pastor, the figures have been made the past three years by Yesenia Gonzalez, also of Salem. “Every figure my friend makes me are better and better because they are lighter and stronger,” De Peña explained. “She is perfecting the mix and final touches.”

Above, figures were used to portray a tropical theme during a vacation Bible school with a “SonTreasure Island” format.  Many other figures also have been used, including those depicting Adam and Eve and Jesus.

De Peña, a stay-at-home mom who holds a master’s degree in education, is organizing a week of prayer “by children, for children” to take place in October at the church. John Maxwell’s book, Running with the Giants, will be theme for the week of prayer.   “We will have children preaching every evening about one of the heroes of the faith, found in Hebrews 11,” she explained.  “Our decoration will be all the heroes of the faith in paper mâché.  I am so excited.”

The church is making a wide range of figures available to other churches. For details send an email to molly_dominguez@email.com or phone 503-856-9700.