Inside out and upside down …
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
Have I mentioned LATELY how much i love vbs? I mean, really REALLY love it? Love the anticipation of the kids and the leaders alike. Love the planning, strategizing, begging, pleading. Love the setup and tear down. Loved watching my oldest son attend his first “big vbs” and love knowing that this year, it’s my younger son’s turn. Love even the stress and worry because God always brings it all together….
What’s so great about vbs anyway? Maybe it’s the food. Maybe it’s the silliness. Maybe it’s the slime. Yes, all of those are important – but there’s something even better. And it’s a secret … well, really, its two secrets:
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:5-7
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. – Ephesians 6: 7-8
Is anything more precious than watching a child recall the story from the day before? Watching these kids – all of them – combine in grade units to out scream one another? Watching the sea of hands sing and praise – likening it to a rock concert? And as awesome as the kids are, the adults who willingly choose to work and shepherd them through – they’re amazing. It’s amazing to see unity through these groups – whether it’s marching like soldiers, wearing the same bandana, or just holding hands and leading the timid from place to place. I see God every single day, multiple times in the faces of our volunteers.
But I digress…THIS YEAR vbX is gonna be EVEN COOLER! MORE FUN! (didja catch that? vbX – vacation bible EXPERIENCE!)
First HOW – it’s only 3 days plus a kick-off PARTY. And who doesn’t like to party? Who doesn’t like bounce houses?
More HOWS: this year’s theme is cool – don’t believe me? Click here for the music. The stories are awesome. The drama is funny. The stations are more fun (free time, slime zone, game shows and more).
vbX: It’s all about outreach, love, service. It’s all about skits, music, lessons, games, food, fun, and worship. It’s all about learning new motions to catchy tunes, learning lessons from the Bible (it’s all true). The worship songs are already starting to sink into my head—and I know I’ll hear them lifted by sweet voices, voices dancing to glorify HIM.
Now here’s the thing – will you join us? Join us to make it not just your average, run-of-the-mill VBS but vacation bible EXPERIENCE? Contact Jennifer Holsted or Melany Shelton. You KNOW YOU WANT TO: Stop by the table in the lobby this Sunday – come join the EXPERIENCE!
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass