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As a preacher’s kid I’ve been to more VBS’s than I can remember. I loved going to VBS- the crafts, the stories, and the songs. But it wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I understood the power of VBS. That week I was asked to play a leading character much like the ones in Hero Headquarters. Continue reading ‘The Power of One!’
I was working at VBS one summer as the Mechanic that talked to the puppet which was a car. I dressed up in my dad’s oil stained mechanic clothes.
I remember this one little girl who came up to me everyday and gave me a hug. She said that I reminded her of her “daddy”. The thing about this is that her daddy did not live with her and this girl’s mother. It made me feel something inside that I can not explain in words. Continue reading ‘Just an Actor’
My favorite memory of VBS is an accumulation of 25 years of teaching VBS. It is seeing unchurched kids who were dropped off at VBS by their parents, and then 15 years later, they are now bringing their own children to our VBS. And not just VBS, but to church as well. Because they felt something at our VBS, something that touched them, an unconditional love that they felt. A seed was planted. And now they are returning, bringing their children to find that same feeling they felt all those years ago. They have bloomed.
“I LOVE VBS. I was not raised in a church that did VBS so it was a fairly unknown concept to me until I started attending a Christian Bible College. Even then, it wasn’t until I had first hand experience with VBS a couple years ago that I REALLY understood what goes into it. But let me tell you this, I know VBS changes lives because, as an adult, I have watched it happen before my eyes. I know VBS changes lives because it changed MY life, as an adult. It didn’t change my life when I was 5 or 8 or 11. It changed my life at 24. Continue reading ‘I LOVE VBS!’
I want to say VBS is worth it! This past Sunday our church kicked off recruiting for volunteers for our summer VBS. Yes it was Easter Sunday, but it was a great time to announce the dates and start the recruiting with many visitors attending. As I sat at the table and had people sign up, I had a young man in his 20′s come up and asked if I remembered him. I laughed and said that at my age if I can remember how to get home I am doing good. We laughed and he started to tell me about coming to our church about 10 years ago. He remembered that I and another lady were his classroom leaders at VBS. He told me that his Mom only let him come with his next door neighbor friend who attended our church and only for VBS. He told me of how they had moved away and how his Mom raised him and his sister and how he always remembered our church. He is now married and has a child of his own. He and his wife were visiting trying to find a church in the area since they were moving back to the area for a job. What was so great about this? He told me his Mom had become depressed and had many boy friends in and out of the house. He had no idea (at that young age) where his dad was. Continue reading ‘VBS is worth it!’
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My earliest memory of church is being in the nursery at Vacation Bible School. However, VBS changed my life when I was in the 6th grade. We had just started attending church again that year and my mother was going to be teaching VBS for the first time. The first story that year was Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. It was to be told using a sand pan and paper figures. My mother practiced and practiced it, by the time came to go to VBS I couldn’t wait to go. Not only did I want to see the story, it created a stir within me that made me want to be able to teach a lesson using a creative method like that. Well it has been 40+ years and I still love Vacation Bible School. I have been an assistant, teacher, craft leader and the director many times. I can’t wait for Hero Headquarters this year. What a great theme!!!