Our Big Apple Adventure

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Last week was an adventure for our family … literally! My 2-year-old … make that 3-year-old (he turned 3 last Monday and I’m still having a hard time making the switch) had the privilege of partcipating in the Big Apple Adventure at our church. It was an exhausting week but a GREAT one!

This is Jack’s third year of VBS but it’s the first year he’s made it the entire week. Being at church for 4.5 hours (or more) for five days in a row is exhausting for a baby or toddler. Who am I kidding? It’s exhausting for the adults too!! The past two years, Jack has ended up at his grandma’s house for at least one or two days of the week in an effort to recover. But this year, he was there every day and he was thrilled to be there!

I’m so thankful for all of the hard work, time, energy, and love that VBS workers pour into the kids every year … even the babies and toddlers. Jack had such a great time and made some amazing memories. I know VBS plays a large part in helping establish a strong foundation for spiritual development. I’m praying that each year Jack will look forward to this special week and truly enjoy learning more about God and Jesus.

So sing it with me now … "Bi-bi-bi, Bi-bi-bi, Big Apple Adventure." I think we’ll be singing the theme song for months to come! Jack loves it!

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Have you seen the theme for VBS 2012? If not, check it out at www.lifeway.com! I can tell you right now, Jack is going to love it! It’s going to be "amazing"!!

Tell us about your VBS experience this summer … or about your favorite VBS memory as a child! We’d love to hear from you!

VBS Excitement

This week, I have the privilege to work at Vacation Bible School at my church. It has been a great week so far … and there’s still one more day to go!

BoomerangLogoColor.jpgVBS brings back so many fun memories. As we were decorating our room on Sunday, my friend Heather was commenting about how exciting it is to be involved. We both agreed that it makes us feel like kids again … anxious to see what each new day of VBS will hold! VBS may have changed over the years (now with amazing themes, fantastic music, and lots of extra options) but the basic purpose is still the same — to tell kids about Jesus!

In years past, I’ve worked with preschool, but this year I was ready for a change. I am working with 2nd graders and I love it! It’s such a great age. They are sweet, smart, and kind. And most excitingly … they are very receptive to the gospel. Yesterday was the day we emphasized the plan of salvation. We learned about the ABCs of becoming a Christian:

  • A — Admit to God that you are a sinner.
  • B — Believe that Jesus is God’s Son.
  • C — Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

We must have gone over the ABCs 6 or 7 times yesterday (if not more). By the end of the day, the kids knew it by heart! I just hope and pray that in His time, God will soften each of their hearts and draw them to Him. It’s so wonderful to get to play a small role in God’s plan for these children. I’m so thankful and excited to see what He does through them!

What memories do you have about VBS? Did you come to know Christ as your Savior at VBS? Have your children participated in VBS this year? Tell us about your experiences.