Every year in July, our church puts on a VBS. It’s an energetic week that fills our entire church with children, teenagers, and adults of all ages playing, working and serving together. At first glance, you might notice the silliness. The walls are covered with bright paper and sparkles. You might see marshmallows shooting across the room, mounds of whipped cream, toilet paper rolling from a leaf blower, or crafts made from pool noodles. These are all good things, but fun is only part of the VBS story.
If you look a little deeper, you will see kids exploring the Bible, asking questions, reflecting, and singing worship songs to God. The very simple answer to the question, “why do we do VBS?” is this: we want kids to know, love and follow God. We have 15 hours of their summer vacation to show kids a God who loves them deeply. We start by loving the kids ourselves, so that even if they don’t make the plunge from VBS to Sunday morning right now, they will see God in all that we do. Sometimes we see the fruit of our labor immediately…and sometimes we trust that God will use us for something He is planning that we may never see.