It has almost been a year since I was appointed at CUMC. Almost...! Every month, every event, every celebration has been a new adventure for me this past year, and Vacation Bible School is no different. I have been hearing about how awesome our VBS is, about our volunteers, and how much fun the children have as they experience this event. What I did not realize is that this event is a process. Though our VBS is scheduled for the week of June 19-23, there has been a process of thinking, planning, developing and praying. The last few weeks I have seen our Children’s Minister, Faye Umble, along with several volunteers, begin this process of visualizing and working to make this year’s theme a reality for many children. Our Maker Fun Factory—Created by God—Built for a Purpose theme is surely to plant seeds of faith into the hearts of any who volunteer and attend. I have been so impressed at the amount of creativity that goes into this project and I have enjoyed seeing all the volunteers working together: cutting, painting or discussing what would look best.
Normally I would not have volunteered to paint. If there is a spiritual gift for painting, I do not have it. I have never stayed within the lines. Back in elementary school, when my teachers finally realized I wasn’t a color-inside-the-lines kind of girl, they stopped pushing the issue. However, during VBS Prep Week, I offered my services…with one condition. The job must not have LINES. There was such an opportunity! They did! And I had so much fun. Now, I only helped with a couple of jobs, but I truly, truly enjoyed it! Maybe I can apply for a job painting somewhere!! (ha, ha)
What makes this more meaningful to me is that I took my first few steps in faith through VBS. It was a time where the teachers and volunteers took us on journeys into the Bible Stories. I learned to be frightened when Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s den; yet rejoice when the king found him alive. I wandered in the wilderness with the Israelites, and lived in the belly of the whale for three days with Jonah. It was through VBS that I made a commitment to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, and for that I am so thankful for the many workers and volunteers.
I invite you to check our many volunteer opportunities for our VBS and also pray for them. Pray also for the children and the families that will be impacted this summer. Let this not just be one more VBS, but one that might plant some fruitful seeds in the hearts of those attending, serving, leading, and participating!