This year, for the first time in Redeemer’s history, each Redeemer congregation planned and hosted their own Vacation Bible School programs! During the week of July 9-13, Redeemer East Side, Downtown and West Side/Lincoln Sq. hosted 436 children! That is over 100 more children than we were able to serve in past years.
To multiply this experience threefold took an amazing effort from each church’s staff and volunteers. 248 children attended the West Side and Lincoln Square location at W83, 123 children from the East Side met at The Spence School and 65 children from Downtown met at the Salvation Army. We are so thankful for everyone who helped make this year’s three VBS programs possible. We couldn’t have done it without the help of every parent, staff, volunteer and leader — Thank You!
Through Bible memory, songs, drama, projects and lessons children learned through this year’s shared theme of being shipwrecked, but having hope — “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.” The children learned how when they are lonely, worried, struggling, doing wrong and powerless ... Jesus rescues! Through each aspect of the week’s program the kids learned to trust in God’s word and they memorized this verse:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
Between all of the VBS’s we needed a combined 350+ volunteers, who worked to decorate, teach, lead small groups, prepare snacks and lunch, set up crafts, provide childcare, sing and dance. It takes a coordinated effort and a great deal of prayer and energy from all four congregations to make this happen.
We were so excited to see God at work this week, and can’t wait to see what He will continue to do in the lives of not only the children of Redeemer, but also in each youth and adult that helped make VBS happen!