All About VBS and What We Need from You

I have a confession to make. I love Vacation Bible School. I love the songs and how they get stuck in your head. I love the fact we have more opportunity for concentrated Bible teaching than at any other time of year. I love the way the Body of Christ comes together to advance the gospel in a greater way than they could do individually.I love the crafts, and don’t get me started on the snacks!Vacation Bible School, as you know, is a lot of work on the part of a lot of people.

For instance, did you know in the past several months, we have had eight VBS Leadership Teams that have faithfully been working behind the scenes on publicity, enrollment, the VBS set, room decorations, supplies, crafts, and follow-up? Did you know we have 125 adult and student volunteers for VBS? In April, we met to plan, prepare, and pray for VBS.Finally, did you know that the Lord graciously provided the skills of Ruby Williamson, a very gifted graphic artist, so we could send a direct mailer about VBS to 5000 homes in our surrounding community? Not to mention the artistic and construction skills of our own Jeff Hobson and Dave Becker! I am so thankful for these folks. God has gifted this church body so immensely! It’s been a joy to serve with each of them.

In the middle of all of this, have you ever wondered why it is we do Vacation Bible School? Why do we work so hard? Why do we spend the church’s resources of time, talent and treasure for this one week out of the summer? In January, I attended Lifeway’s VBS Preview Event at Travis Avenue Baptist Church and was privileged to hear Dr. Shane Garrison. Dr. Garrison shared there are basically three kinds of kids: those whose parents are both Christ followers, “50/50 kids” who have one parent who is a Christ follower, and “Spiritual orphans” who have no spiritual representation in their home. Dr. Garrison shared that, while VBS is for all three of these kinds of children, “VBS is a natural bridge to spiritual orphans which consistently leads children to saving faith in Jesus, giving our churches opportunity to fully adopt new believers into our faith community.” He went on to say that VBS is primarily for the later of the two categories of kids.

So, what does all of that mean for you? It means we need your prayers the Lord would use our efforts in the surrounding community though VBS so the gospel will reach not just our kids, but “50/50 kids” and especially “spiritual orphans.” It also means we need your help. If you haven’t already volunteered to walk your block for VBS, we need you. We’re asking members to prayer walk their neighborhood and place a VBS door hanger on each home. Packets are available across from the north Information Center. And most importantly, it means you ask the Lord what families you know who need a personal invitation to VBS.

I am convinced that as we are faithful to do the things we can do, God will be faithful to use them to do the big God-things he wants to do in the lives of kids. It is a JOY to serve the Lord, kids and their families with you here at First Lewisville!

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