VBS week is like no other week on campus. It’s not even close.
All week, over 220 Pre-K through 5th graders have been making crafts, engaging in science experiments, playing games, watching skits and singing. And singing. Then, a little more singing - all about how Jesus rescues us from life’s shipwrecks.
I hope that by November the songs might work their way out of my head! Until then, I’ll be singing along - and doing the motions.
A couple different times through the week, adult “Crew Members” have expressed concern for how the staff could “get any work done” with all the racket. My response was the same every time: “I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the best week of the year!” And not only because Josh drafted me onto the skit team (pictures are already floating around the internet - and probably making their way to People Magazine).
VBS week is the best week on campus because it helps us live out our mission: “Inviting all people to grow into a Christ-centered life in God’s family.” All people. Including children. Especially children! Remember Jesus’ reaction when his disciples were shooing away little ones:
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Hear that line again: “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Those are words for me - perhaps for you, too. Selfishly, that’s why I love VBS week.
We live in a world where kids are forced to grow up faster and faster, whether that be through increasing demands at school, on sports teams, or navigating the difficulties in their home life. We operate under the assumption that they should be more like us adults, but Jesus says the opposite: “You have to become more like them.”
I, too, have been renewed by meditating on the daily themes of “Shipwrecked”:
When you’re lonely, Jesus rescues!
When you worry, Jesus rescues!
When you struggle, Jesus rescues!
When you do wrong, Jesus rescues!
When you’re powerless, Jesus rescues!
The other reason I love VBS week is reveals our church at it’s best. Everyone comes together serving in whatever way they’re able, for one single purpose. It is a joy to see. It is a vivid reminder that each and every member of Christ’s body has been given a spiritual gift to build up the family of God.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who served on campus, prayed for the week, donated supplies, or gave financially so that we could have such a great time together, teaching - and being reminded ourselves - that Jesus rescues!