Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the door and see all the people. Many of you may remember that from your childhood. You would take your fingers and lock them, with the tips of your fingers touching the opposite palm and say “here is the church”. Then, you would unlock and raise up your index fingers and bring them together to make a church steeple and say, “here is the steeple”. The final phase would happen when you opened up your palms, keeping the rest of your fingers locked, and wiggle your fingers to represent, “all the people”. It is a great way to engage little ones and teach them a bit about community. (and it is fun to do, too!)
This week we are living out the real-life version of that little rhyme as we host our annual Vacation Bible School. While we may not have a steeple, though the pitch of our Sanctuary roof may count as a long steeple, we definitely have “all the people”. We have children from our congregation, we have children from the neighborhood, and we have children who are meeting us for the very first time. Each night at closing ceremonies, the lead inventor – our very own Sandi Moore, asks the children a question. “Did you have a good time tonight?” The answer is a very loud, very excited…YES!!!!!
That is one of the many great things about Community. You have said you want children in our midst and you back that up. You love to hear them, you get excited to see them, and you volunteer to support them. The way you step up and transform this campus each year is amazing. I have the privilege of being a crew leader this year, and every night as my crew and I walk down these halls, they all say, “it’s like we are walking in the middle of a factory!” My reply is always the same, “you are!”
These children have been so eager to come each night to see what we have in store for them. So eager in fact, they have been talking about it at home. The parents of my crew members tell me each night, when they pick up their kids, how their children look forward to coming back. Last night, one of the children in my crew asked if we could do this again next week. That gives me goosebumps!
This is all part of the church being the church! Opening our doors, turning on our lights, lining up a tremendous group of volunteers, going to the lengths we do to decorate and donate supplies, giving of our hearts and time to all that come, is the fulfillment of why we are here. I am so honored to be a part of a church that does these things and does not count the cost – but rather looks to the impact instead.
I want to encourage you to continue praying for our Vacation Bible School this year. Pray for fun to be had, for hearts to be opened and for God to be seen. Each night we get to ask our crews where they saw God that day. With that in mind, I want to invite you to participate in that question as well. After all, if the children are looking for God, I think we can as well.
We are making a difference in these young one’s lives, we are being faithful to God’s purposes in this world, and the results are being seen. Thank you to all that have prayed for this week, donated supplies, given of their time, and invited people to come. Because of each of you, seeds are being planted, and fruit is on its way!
Have a great week!