“What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us;
we will not hide it from our children;
we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.” ~Psalm 78:3-7
Legacy’s Vacation Bible School — Joseph! — begins one week from Sunday. It’s four jam-packed evenings of Bible classes, arts and crafts, interactive learning stations, songs, memory verses, refreshments, games, and prayers. Lots of kids. Lots of noise. Lots of enthusiasm.
VBS is a Legacy church program. It’s something Legacy does in an effort to pass on the faith, to retell the story, to our children. All of Legacy.
So, this year, we’re not holding an adult Bible class during VBS. Yes, I know, we’ve had an adult Bible class in the past. And that’s a good thing. But this year, we want the entire church family to fully participate in VBS for the kids. Instead of separating ourselves in a classroom during that hour, why not spend that time doing something for the kids?
It would be nice, wouldn’t it, to walk some kids from Station A to Station B. It would be great to wipe a runny nose. To cut out some camels for a teacher. To serve some cookies. To hang out in the marketplace (gym) and give children an encouraging high-five as they walk by. To color a poster. To help keep the 3rd grade boys in line. To clean up a spill. to hold and comfort a distressed two-year-old. To run to the workroom to find green construction paper. To tell a kid you think his picture of Joseph in the well is really, really cool!
Our youngest people desperately need love and encouragement from our oldest people. It communicates to them that we love them and value them. It tells them they’re important. And our oldest people need the satisfaction and energy that come from interacting with and serving our youngest people. It reiterates to them how much they’re loved and needed. It reminds them of their great value to us; that they’re very, very important.
See how it works? VBS is not just for the kids. It’s not just for the parents of our kids. It’s for all of us, the whole church family.