We love hearing the stories from the kids, parents and volunteers. Here are a few we'd like to share with you.
A mother with two younger children had never brought their four year old daughter to Vacation Bible School and said she is elated by the experience her daughter is having. Here is her message:
VBS was awesome! I felt the energy/vibe as soon as I got out of the car. It seemed like so much fun, I wanted to stay. I asked A (their daughter) what her favorite part was and she said "everything". She is now talking to her pet turtle about going to the sanctuary and Ev (their son) is saying VBS and related things as he plays with her.
Another family sent us this story:
On Monday evening his face was lit up as he came to me and said, "Mom, I figured it out! We are on a quest to continue the work that was started 2,000 years ago, we are disciples!" And then he referenced the Great Commission verse. Thank you again for your hard work this week! It is making a huge impact!
Kids learn about being generous at Vacation Bible School, too, as they brought in their change to help the kids at Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming get to church.
Claire is a 4 year old in my classroom. Today she brought in a ziplock with change and one dollar bill in it. Her mom said that this dollar bill is the first one Claire has ever gotten. And Claire said she wanted to give her dollar bill to the kids in Wyoming (her mom said Claire calls it Hawaii but same difference! ;)). How amazing to see God at work in this little girl's heart to make her give so generously out of the little bit of money God has blessed her with!
Crew leaders are kids from middle school through high school who help lead a group of younger kids and get to share their love of Jesus as they become the next generation of world-changers.
A 7th grade crew leader named Jacob who is in my room brought in quarters for the mission project. But instead of turning in the money himself, he gave it to his crew members so that they could experience the joy of giving!
And, for some families, attending and volunteering at Vacation Bible School is so important, that even Mom and Dad take time off from work to serve.
Our family has been participating in Vacation Bible School now for 10 years . We started at our prior church when our Daughter Paige attended her first year, and here at St. John for 3 years. It is something that we plan just like our vacations each year on our calendar. We have worked our work schedules around this to be able to serve and be a part of the magic that happens each week this time of year! We truly feel blessed to be able to do this and love the way we are filled up With the Holy Spirt working in us and Seeing it working in the kids and volunteers.
Carl and I have served in many different areas over the years. Once Paige was old enough to volunteer, she had worked alongside Carl in the Bible Story room the past 3 years. She has expressed an interest to be a crew leader next year. I have been a special-needs buddy, Craft director, and this year a craft instructor in the fourth grade room.
Our son Carl loves coming to VBS! It is something that he looks forward to each and every year. We keep the Bible buddy photos and memory verses on a refrigerator for the whole year. Carl has enjoyed his Bible buddy collection… And has them from each year that he has attended. He really enjoyed the app that they had last year that was interactive with the characters that engaged the kids after vacation Bible school is finished.
As I reflected on the week last night, and the kids were going to bed… Both of them were singing a different song they they have learned for vacation Bible school this week. Both talking about how they were sad that the week was ending. We truly Love being a part of the magic that happens here each year! We are thankful for each and every person that works to put this together… Because no one does Vacation Bible School like St. John!!!