Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Things I've learned from VBS

Year 4 of VBS for these little ones
VBS means Vacation Bible School. Kids learn about the Bible in a fun and interactive way. Here's what I've learned so far as a parent:

1. VBS is worth the effort. Our kids started when they were tiny little kids. It is a lot of work to get there, but it is totally worth the effort. VBS is totally age appropriate as far as the activities but the message behind the method is eternal.

2. The music is awesome. The kids love the songs and they sing them for years. So much so that one of my friends and I were talking about how our kids now have their favorite CDs because we've been doing this for so long. The message is clear and impactful and the songs are super interactive. 

3. It is good to volunteer. Vacation Bible School is something the church does for the community but as a community member, I choose to embrace the church and help their efforts. I understand not everyone has time. I understand not everyone wants to hang out with the kids for 3 out of 24 hours of their day. Still, there is always something you can do. For example, you can feed the volunteers. You can to decorate or to do any pre-VBS (or post for that matter) work. You have what it takes to contribute and yes, you have a talent that's much needed.

4. VBS is a great place to people watch. My favorite? Seeing the kids respond to the Gospel through singing. They sing loud, with enthusiasm and they dance so freely. If and when I have a chance, I ask them never to lose that unashamed love for God. 

5. Moms need VBS too. I have learned that a lot of moms do not feel equipped to take on the Bible teacher they need to be to their kids. I have seen them being quick to find answers to most questions, except for the faith ones. When mom learns about the Bible, their kids benefit. I'm not saying that every mom needs to be a theologian. I am saying that we need to learn more about the faith we confess. My Bible study (Merry Ministries) has a 6-week summer session. We also have a full archive of Bible books you can enjoy at your own convenience (I listen to it while doing chores and I love it!). Mom, you can't give what you don't have. Think about investing in your own Bible knowledge which will bear fruit for eternal life!  

We're smack in the middle of our VBS and we are loving every minute of it. Vacation Bible School has become one of our favorite summer traditions. My prayer is that the Gospel will be solidly planted in the kids' hearts when they are too old to be part of Vacation Bible School. What have you learned from VBS?

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