This year’s VBS has surpassed expectations in attendance and impact. Rhonda Smith and our volunteers dedicated a week of their lives helping kids know that Jesus loves them. Using the template of “Weird Animals,” each child has discovered that they are uniquely created by God. Jesus loves them even though they are alone, don’t understand, or do bad things.
Church should be a place where people have permission to ask hard questions. Children were given a chance today. They asked, “Why do dogs eat grass? Why do people die? How long does it take to get to heaven after you die? Why are people mean?” and so much more.
Listening and facilitating their time has been a great group of leaders. Some are rookies, others experienced. On Sunday, Daren Evans visited FBC for the first time and heard that we needed a few more volunteers. A native of Crawfordville and graduate of North Florida Christian School, Daren graduated from West Point a couple of weeks ago. He’s on leave for 6 weeks before beginning active duty in the army. He volunteered in VBS and the afternoon sports camp.
Other volunteers like Stuart Pearce and Lisa Evans scheduled time away from work so they could share their lives with children. Many more retirees spend a week downtown so that parents can work and children can study scripture.
With so many helpers here this week, we could almost open a zoo-full of animals. The good news is that you can be a part of the excitement. Join us Friday at 4:00 p.m. to see an Upward Basketball sports and cheer camp demonstration. At 4:45, we have a meal for everyone. At 6:00 p.m., we close with a celebration of Jesus’ love in the sanctuary. It’s a wild, weird, wonderful Vacation Bible School. Praise the Lord.