Over the years, parents have shared how excited their kids are about attending VBS. These little ones start talking about VBS months in advance. It’s apparent that the anticipation of a week of learning about Jesus is high. The engaging Bible lessons, crafts, games, snacks and music are a draw for many. Also, the fact that kids get to experience all of this with old and new friends is great.
Yet, the most important aspect of VBS is being able to share the gospel with others. VBS is an excellent and effective evangelism tool for reaching those that do not know Jesus. Also, it increases the knowledge and understanding of those that do know Jesus. So, as VBS volunteers how do we prepare for what might be a life-changing week for a child, with eternal implications? Over the next 5 weeks I’d like us to join together in study, prayer and reflection as we prepare to be used by God to share the gospel with children in our community and to be a positive representation of Jesus to the families that we will come into contact with.
This year’s Bible content is a very focused study of what many term “the gospel presentation”. The daily content explores the basic truths of the gospel. We will share the message of Christ, the kingdom of God and salvation. When sharing the gospel with kids, there are five facts we can present:
- God rules.
- We sinned.
- God provided.
- Jesus gives.
- We respond.
Each week leading up to VBS I will share a brief overview of the topic of each day of VBS and how it relates to sharing the gospel with kids. I may pose a reflection question for you to prayerfully consider throughout the week. I will also share the daily prayer focus for each day that week. This is meant to help you engage with the content that we will present during VBS as you prepare your heart for what will be an awesome week!
Some essential details about this year’s VBS:
Dates: July 10-14
Theme: Galactic Starveryors: Discovering the God of the Universe
VBS Scripture: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities: all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16 (HSCB)
VBS Motto: Searching the Visible. Discovering the Invisible.
Day 1: The Relationship Began (Genesis 1:1-2, 26-31; John1:1,14)
Big Idea: In the beginning, there was nothing…only God the Father, His Son Jesus, and God’s Holy Spirit. God created the world and everything in it, including man. God made man to enjoy relationship with one another and with Him.
Quite frequently, due to professional and personal commitments, I arrive home after dark. Almost every time this happens, as I walk from my car to the front door of my condo building, I catch myself gazing at the night sky.
As a single female returning home in the dark, I should probably be paying more attention to my immediate surroundings instead of looking at the sky. But there’s something about the moon, the stars, the vastness of the universe that settles my soul. Many times I’ve caught myself, mouth wide open and head cocked back, staring in amazement at the immensity of our universe.
It’s humbling to recognize how much more exists outside of me, my neighborhood, country, hemisphere, planet, solar system… To think, God created all of this, is ruler over all of this! And to know that even with the massiveness of his creation, he is still intimately aware of and passionately concerned with me.
He knows me by name. He knows even the most minute detail about me. He’s seen me at my lowest, my very worst. Yet, he continuously invites me into his presence in an attempt to nurture and grow a deeper relationship. He loves me- purely and simply, and paid the ultimate price to ensure that this relationship is possible.
Reflection: God made man to enjoy relationships with one another and with Him. What do you appreciate most about your relationship with God? Is there anything you may want to start, stop or do more of to deepen your relationship?
This Week’s Prayer Calendar:
- Monday, 6/5: Ask god to provide the budget and supplies needed to excel in doing his will. Philippians 4:19
- Tuesday, 6/6: Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the community to respond well and for new prospects to be discovered.
- Wednesday, 6/7: Ask God to prepare workers for each class and to fill any open positions with the people He has called. Luke 10:2 (our current high priority openings include – PreK Group Leader, 1st/2nd Grade Group Leader, Music Rotation Leader, Registration Team Members and youth assistants)
- Thursday, 6/8: That God that He holds all things together and for creating us to have a relationship with him. Colossians 1:17*
- Friday, 6/9: Pray for the VBS director and all workers involved with the preparation and planning aspects.
- Saturday, 6/10: Pray that kids will recognize their need for a Savior. Romans 3:23*
- Sunday, 6/11: Pray that kids and workers will seek Jesus with all their hearts before, during, and after VBS. Jeremiah 29:13