Why Do VBS This Year?
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
What do you think about when you hear the words Vacation Bible School? Do you smile when you remember those fun mornings when you were young? Can you still feel the glue on your fingers from making crafts out of toilet paper rolls and macaroni? Can you recall the songs “Deep and Wide” and “This Little Light of Mine?” Vacation Bible School has changed a lot over the years, but one very important thing has not changed. Flannel boards and chalk stories may have been replaced by DVDs and contemporary Christian music, but the message that “Jesus Loves the Little Children” is still the same. VBS not only benefits the children who participate, it also has an impact on the adults and teens who volunteer and church that hosts it. VBS is the perfect way to introduce children to Jesus. It is a time for the children of the church to connect with each other and the Bible. It is also a time to reach children in the community who do not regularly attend church. During songs, skits, lessons, and time spent together talking and laughing, Jesus becomes more than a character in a Bible story. Children get to see how God’s Word applies to them today. VBS might just be the first introduction a child has to Jesus. VBS is a total church endeavor. People of all ages and talents can pitch in to decorate, teach, prepare snacks, assist small fingers with crafts, or hold hands and give smiles to a child who needs attention. Others can partner with the leaders to pray daily for the children who attend or make a financial donation to help cover the costs involved. VBS offers opportunities to people who might not otherwise get the chance to minister and that is good for the entire church family VBS plays an important part in growing our church family. Reaching new families comes from providing programs for kids to get excited about. VBS creates that energy. Excited and interested kids bring families in to find out more about what our church has to offer. It establishes a connection between our church and families who might not have a church home. Vacation Bible School is not just about fun and games and snacks and crafts. The reason we do VBS is to share the Gospel. It gives the opportunity to impact lives for eternity. There is something special about coming together for several hours every morning for a week. After a year-and-a-half of being isolated from one another, we all need VBS this summer. Kids need it. Parents are ready for it, too. VBS is exciting. Send your kids. Invite your neighbors. Volunteer. Don’t miss out on what God is going to do.