Why We Serve in VBS

May 3, 2017

From Deuteronomy 6:6-7 the Word is clear about the responsibility of parents to diligently teach the truth of scripture to their children, otherwise the faith of future generations would die. First and foremost, this should be taking place in the home. Like many parents this was an area I struggled to be consistent in. Because of my work and travel schedule I was not always able to lead our family devotional time when our children were young but my wife always made it a priority to pray with them and read Bible stories in my absence. When I was home I made it my practice to pray with our 3 children and read scripture with them each night before they went to bed. As our kids became teens and work became even busier it became more challenging to lead a daily devotion. Parents must not shirk away from their God-given responsivity to shepherd and disciple their children thinking this is the primary responsibility of the local church.
 
On the other hand, lay leaders who are involved in children’s ministry, Sunday school and youth work should not undermine the important role they play in reinforcing the truth of scripture that hopefully is being taught in the home. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one ministry that continues to be one of the largest outreaches among Southern Baptist churches and a program that our church has hosted for as many years as I can remember. There are examples of families who have come to church because of their son or daughter being involved in VBS. The impact of VBS has the potential to go beyond the life-changing truths our children are being taught because of the testimony and witness to their parents.
 
June 11-15th our church will be hosting VBS when anywhere from 150-200 kids will converge on our church campus for a few days of fun, laughter and teaching of the important truths of God’s Word. Many of you are faithful in supporting this ministry each year by giving up your time to help with any number of activities. Others of you help with making props and decorating which is not unimportant by any means. Others of you are perhaps a little intimidated to be around energetic and screaming kids for 4 days. I know I will be. But even Jesus saw the importance and value of children when he told his disciples in Mathew 19:14 “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
 
Please pray about getting involved this year. Our Children’s Director Kim Boothe is always looking for help so If you have time to help volunteer with this important event please let her know.  
 



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