VBS is a highly anticipated, week-long, gospel-centered event where our Redeemer children and friends from pre-school to 5th grade learn about God, hear the gospel, and are challenged to live out the gospel in their lives. The children start and end the day in a large group assembly singing songs, memorizing scripture, learning about missions and having fun. They are also divided into smaller groups and move through different stations that are focused on the daily Bible story, craft, music, and recreation classes. Though VBS has many great components to it, I personally have two favorites.
First, it brings joy to my heart to watch our children build community with each other and experiencing genuine fellowship through the common bond of Christ. During this week, our children are excited to see their friends and make new friendships as they spend the day learning God’s word with each other.
Second, the children build relationships inter-generationally. The mark of a vibrant church is people actively caring for each other. Last year, we had over 100 volunteers, comprised of parents, small groups, and high school students serving before and during the week of VBS. Because of their love for Christ and for our children, they sacrificed their time to help decorate the building, teach the Bible stories, lead worship, assemble crafts, paint stage sets, participatedin wacky skits and be Crew Leaders. Throughout the years we have seen relationships formed across generations strengthen our children’s relationship with the Lord.
The goal of this event is for our children to fall in love with Jesus, build relationships with others, and be challenged to live out the gospel in their homes and neighborhoods. We invite you to pray for our children and the people investing in their lives for the sake of the gospel.