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How Important is a VBS for Children?

A look at my week running a VBS

How rich it is to work with kids! This summer I again had the privilege to run a VBS – Vacation Bible School. We are a small church but we had 14 children most days, aged 4-8.


What amazes me is the sweetness of their hearts. They want to know Jesus. They want to hear stories from His Word. And best of all they love learning scriptures. Between all crafts, games, stories, songs and snacks we really got to know each other.

Jesus said in Matthew 19:14:

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

That’s why I run this program. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (tweet this)

I’m not young. Our church doesn’t have many children. Our congregation is getting older. But for the past 5 years I have run a successful summer program. God brings the workers.

My job is to pray.

God supplies all our needs, including health and energy.

The three most frequent reasons I’ve read of why churches are no longer running a VBS are:

Lack of time, children and volunteers.



I know that there are mega churches, which do hold successful programs. However, many churches are stopping this practice.

Honestly it doesn’t take a lot of preparation if you keep the week simple.

Kids don’t need over-the-top productions to know about Jesus. Sometimes I feel that Jesus might get lost in today’s hubbub of technology, colour, and contraptions.

In my VBS I use the Simple Method. Choose 5 stories. Choose 5 scriptures with the last ones leading to Christ and salvation. Check out Pinterest for crafts and games and songs. And get someone who can prepare nutritious food. Get your supplies ready. And there you are. And pray consistently.



Daniel in the Lions’ Den

We still use an overhead projector to learn the songs. Really? Yes. – old technology is interesting to them.

Every day before we start we have a prayer with the leaders who are present.

As the kids arrive we have a little activity while we wait for everyone. Then we begin with a quiet group time and prayer is always the first thing. Then as I tell the Bible story I watch their eyes – they listen. They are fascinated.

This year we had the privilege to have a biblical story-teller visit us one day. She made the scripture come alive and involved the children. I can see trying that out myself next year.

Yes I will be doing a vacation Bible school next year.

Just offering it is allowing God to show His power in His people. My volunteers worked hard but felt a tremendous satisfaction in a job well-done.

And this verse says the way I felt at the end of the week.

From 3 John 4:

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

May I pray for you and me?

Heavenly Father, thank You for children. Thank you for their desire to know You. Thank You for their creativity which we endeavour to encourage and not squelch. Help them to know You more and more. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Teamwork – Week3Blog Holiday

Teamwork – Week3Blog Holiday

It’s all about teamwork. That’s what I learned this year at VBS. For the first time I worked with others and felt the spirit of teamwork. Other years I had help but I had to oversee everything. This year we worked together and I let the spirit lead me in everything I did. It felt marvellous.

Three things I learned:

1. Prayer:

Every morning during camp, God woke me at 5 or 5:30 (a little earlier than normal) to have time to spend with Him. Every morning our team prayed together before camp. This is teamwork with God and others.



2. We sang:

Our songs helped me as well as the children remember to have faith in Jesus.

Choose Jesus, John 3:16, I’m Keeping my Eyes on Jesus, My God is so big, (and others as well). I am still singing those songs.

3. Change is okay:

Even though I had a “plan”, I was able to change it as the needs changed. It felt great to follow the Holy Spirit.

What a great week!


What I learned from running a VBS. Teamwork. (tweet this)

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The Way – Week 2Blog Holiday

 The Way – Week 2Blog Holiday

In this second week I am running a Vacation Bible School. Next week a few words about that. For now know that I know Jesus will lead the way for the children, the leaders, and me.

Is he leading your way?

Jesus Leads the Way

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Sunday Stillness – Choose Jesus

Sunday Stillness – Choose Jesus


VBS 2015 – Choose Jesus

It has been a very busy week. My family were visiting and I led a Vacation Bible Camp at our church for the mornings. Needless to say I didn’t have time to reply to the wonderful comments from last Sunday. I did read them and thank you so much. This week it should – (I say should) – be easier to get stuff done.

At our Bible Camp the kids learned 5 important choices

Choose to Believe:
The Blind Man – John 9
Memory Verse – God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)
Choose to Act:
The Ten Sick Men – Luke 17:11-19
Memory Verse – Let us love with actions (1john 3:18)
Choose to Forgive:
The Paralyzed Man – Mark 2:1-12
Memory Verse – God will forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9)
Choose to Obey:
The Rich Young Ruler – Luke 18:18-27
Memory Verse – I will obey Your commands. (Psalm 119:
Choose Jesus:
The Disciples – John 20:19-29
Memory Verse – Choose today who you will love and serve. (Joshua 24:15)

They did very well with the memory work. Our presentation on Friday for the parents was fantastic. The kids were terrific.

I bought my VBS from Gospel Light called SonWorld. It was the last one Amazon had and was out-of-date on their website. But it gave me the needed inspiration for stories, great pictures and flannel pictures too. I had to make up my own crafts (except one) as I didn’t find the crafts given to be useful for remembering the lessons.

These are lessons we all need to remember.

I caught a cold on the Wednesday but once again God carried me through. Amazing what strength we can get from Him.

Here is one of the songs they loved and sang at the end of our presentation. Let’s remember these words.

I’m Keeping my eyes on Jesus.


If we keep our eyes on Jesus, He will carry us through. (click to tweet)


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Sunday Stillness – God’s Grace is Enough

Sunday Stillness – God’s Grace is Enough


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It has been quite a week. For those who were praying for me – thank you so much. Last week I caught a terrible virus – really knocked me flat. By Monday morning I did not feel like running a VBS – but I had to. And I prayed. Others prayed. And God gave me the strength to do it. Praising Him.

But he [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV).

For the rest of the week it was touch and go each day. Each day prayers were lifted and each day He made me strong.

  • I prayed for joy – I felt joy.
  • I prayed for the children to enjoy themselves. And they did.
  • I prayed for the volunteers to be great with the kids. And they were.
  • I prayed for peace through the week. They were the best children I have ever had the pleasure to meet. At no time did I have to raise my voice (I couldn’t anyway as I developed laryngitis by Tuesday). They listened; they were sweet to each other; they had fun.

I found out that Christ does make me strong.

I love the words to the Scripture in the Message. Christ’s strength did “move in on my weakness” and I do “take my limitations in stride”. Love that.

 I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, The Message).

The children also learned about Jesus; who He is; and how to accept Him as their Saviour. Praising God for those who made that big decision.

I also thought of a great analogy as we were sanding our crosses outside on Friday. I realized as we were sanding them that God sands us too.

God sands our rough edges.

He teaches us the fruit of the Spirit. He smoothes us out.

I don’t know about you but there always seems to be a few rough edges on me. Then I hear Him speak – and I know what I did wrong. I make the correction and learn.


Thank You, Lord, so much for this past week. You taught me a lot. You taught me to count on You totally. When I am weak You are strong. You also taught me to rely on You completely. I pray that every child will remember this week and will always keep Jesus in their hearts. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

I love the praise song Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin.


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