This past week, our church hosted a Vacation Bible School. This is one of our annual children’s ministry outreach events that reaches the most unchurched children and families out of everything we do during the year. This year was no different. In addition to the 40 children that were in attendance, we had 17 youth helping us, and 10 adult leaders.
The material we used was Group’s Everest VBS. During the morning, the children rotated through seven different action packed stations, including: The Base Camp Sing and Play (opening session), Bible Expeditions, KidVid Cinema, Imagination Station, Glacier Games, Mountain Top Treats, and Summit Celebration (the closing session).
The thing I love about this program (and I highly recommend it for anyone involved in children’s ministry), is that they do everything for you – tying together one theme in everything from the catchy kids worship songs and Bible lessons, to the games, crafts (premade, take-home fun science experiments) and even the snacks. This year, the children learned about Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. We taught them that God has the power to provide, comfort, heal, forgive, and love them forever.
Liza says, “I love kids, and I love to see them having fun and learning more about Jesus and God’s love for them. We always have a large turnout every year, so obviously the children and their families are enjoying what we’re doing. We’re already starting to get ready for next year’s VBS: Cave Quest!”
About one third of the children who attended our VBS were there for the very first time, and we were so excited when 15 children made first time decisions to give their lives to Jesus Christ – praise the Lord! And, on the final day, I gave away 12 free Bibles for families that didn’t have one. That’s what I would call a fruitful time of ministry!
Perhaps one of the most personally exciting aspects of the Vacation Bible School for me was the fact that I had the opportunity to do ministry together with my entire family: My wife Liza was the director for the VBS, I was the leader of the Bible Expeditions station, my son Caleb was the leader of the games station, and my other three children Tori, Austin and Hannah were all crew leaders. What a blessing!
We know from the Bible that Jesus loves little children, and said, “Let the children come to me” and that’s why when it comes to children’s ministry that no cost is too high, and no effort is too great to reach our children with the love of Jesus. Amen!
Here’s the theme song from the Everest Vacation Bible School: