From July 15-19, over 260 children from all over the city came together at W83 for Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year’s theme was “Kingdom Rock”, and each day the kids’ learned how God helps us to “stand strong!” Parents, kids, and volunteers had a wonderful time worshipping God and enjoying one another through song, crafts, Bible stories and small group discussions.
It was a great experience for parents, staff and volunteers to come together and make the Gospel come alive to our next generation New Yorkers. The week also gave Redeemer families who are part of the East Side, West Side and Downtown Congregations the opportunity to come together for a reunion of sorts. Parents, children and volunteers could visit with old friends while at the same time forming new friendships. Perhaps even more exciting is that many families brought friends to experience VBS with them (some for the very first time) to learn about the good news of Jesus.
As amazing as this year’s VBS was, it took an army of volunteers to pull it off, and we could NOT have done it without them! Before the week of VBS, we had dozens of volunteers helping: build sets, paint banners and decorate the entire W83 building. During VBS we had over 100 volunteers who led the kids in crafts, stories, singing, snacking, recreation, and crew leading. And Redeemer’s youth group also volunteered and did a great job leading the kids while bringing a youthful, energetic vibe that the kids loved!
While VBS is a huge undertaking, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the excited faces of the kids’ each morning as they walk through the doors. Hearing parents and volunteers describe how VBS is helping a child understand God’s Word, is worth all the effort! Perhaps the greatest reward in serving with this team, is that long after the final day of VBS is over we hear parents tell stories of their kids’ still singing VBS songs and talking about what they learned. I can’t help but be excited by that and I’m already looking forward to next year!