By: Amber Harder, Communications Specialist
Vacation Bible School started today and WOW, what a morning we had!
Over the last few years, I’ve brought my daughter Feven to VBS and I’ve always been very impressed with the quality of the program enCompass runs. However, this year I have the privilege of getting an insider perspective because this year, I got promoted to Snack Lady.
I know, I know. In case you’re wondering – yes, I’ll give you my autograph next time I see you. No biggie. 🙂
But in all seriousness, my small role serving at VBS this year has given me a new window into all that goes on behind the scenes to offer a polished, well-run, Biblically-sound program for the 50+ kids that attend this event.
Today I saw volunteers prepping spaces. I cannot count how many times I saw people setting up tables and tearing them down to place them in new locations. There were props and supplies being carted all over Concordia Academy and yet nothing seemed to ever be out of place. The logistics that go into something like this are astounding, and with Darcy at the helm and a fine group of volunteers, everything seemed to be just where it needed to be just when it needed to be. Volunteers were even tucked away in the kitchen an hour or so before lunch was served, preparing food for the kids. So much effort went into ensuring the teachers and kids had exactly what they needed when they needed it!
Today I saw volunteers caring for kids. Sometimes that meant comforting the shy and nervous ones who were at VBS for the first time. Sometimes that meant shuttling kids to and from the bathrooms. Sometimes that meant chasing the youngest ones down the auditorium stairs to retrieve them and bring them back to their row (thank goodness for those color-coordinated t-shirts!). Sometimes that meant kneeling down and listening – really listening – to how a child was doing. And sometimes that meant showing extra patience and grace to kids who were really hyped up on sugar. From the newest volunteers to the seasoned ones, each person exhibited a heart bent on service and love. Thinking about it again as I reflect on the day, the love and care each volunteer gave these kids – wow. We are blessed to have so many people like this in our church.
Today I saw kids learning about God’s love for them through the life of Paul. I listened as our guest musician Beth reinforced the details of today’s story. I watched as teachers used movement and games to teach the students today’s memory verse. I served at the snack station and saw other stations that were used to continue the theme of the day, ensuring kids were getting the point of all of this. Sure, the fun and games and prizes are great, but at the end of the day, we all do this because we want these children to grow up knowing the deep love of God and his gift to them in Jesus Christ.
Today I’m grateful for a church that is passionate about sharing the love of God with all ages, and I’m grateful for a place where there are so many people who give their time and their hearts to walk alongside these children and plant seeds of faith.