even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139:12 NIV).
Looking back at VBS, it all comes back to the Bible points the children learned each night:
- God made you.
Monkey really got this point! Now she says everything from water and sun to markers and princesses are made by God. He made everything -almost everything:
While daddy was holding her and tickling her, he asked “who made tickles?”
Monkey giggled “Daddy made tickles.”
- God listens to you.
- God watches over you.
- God loves you no matter what.
- God gives good gifts.
Since Monkey only really got one of the five points, I almost wished VBS was more than one week, but then I got a grip. Instead, I decided to think of easy ways to keep the momentum of VBS going at home.
How To Incorporate VBS Elements At Home:
- Pick a Bible story that illustrates one of the Bible points as an overall theme.
- Be excited and upbeat.
- Read the Bible story together. (Knowing Monkey, she’ll then read it back to me in her own short sweet version.)
- Act out the Bible story. At VBS I saw how much the children enjoyed acting out the story of Jonah. They also enjoyed laying under a sheet pretending to be Jesus as the station leader recounted the story of Jesus rising from the tomb and being alive again. Right now I’m envisioning telling the story of the Samaritan woman and having my daughter and niece take turns acting out the scene with real water. They’ll love that and maybe the story will take root in their enjoyment.
- Sing and dance together to one of the songs from the VBS CD that speaks to the Bible point.
- Do a craft that relates to the Bible point. I learned at VBS that my daughter and several of the other children enjoyed making things to wear, like beaded necklaces, masks, and cups attached to yarn (okay, they were supposed to be kaleidoscopes, but the pre-schoolers in my crew liked them better as cups. Several of them wore them every night!) They also liked being able to draw on a big blackboard with thick chalk. Of all the possible crafts, I’m most excited about the lessons to be taught through making beaded necklaces. It’s easy. Monkey really loves beaded jewelry and most of all because downtown we have The Potomac Bead Company. The sight of all those beads and colors just makes me feel happy.
- Reinforce the Bible point during our runs together. Nature gives so many opportunities to support God’s word.
- Pray together.
So to wrap-up VBS 2011: Pandamania, I have to say that I’m so proud to be a part of FUMC Chambersburg. Members are so generous with their time and talents. They inspired me throughout the week.
Miss Dawn from The Write Soil co-hosted the opening and closing programs with energy, enthusiasm and passion. My niece adored her. As I watched her, one word came to mind: brilliant!
Other members had such warm hearts, children were just drawn to them. And I’m especially grateful to those members blessed with voices that speak to young children. It’s truly a gift to be able to get and keep the attention of a group of three and four-year-olds.
I have one word for the decorations for Pandamania: spectacular! The decorations truly transformed our church into a jungle. Below is just a small glimpse of a much more amazing picture: