What happened at Everest VBS?

What happened at Everest VBS?

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First Trinity held it’s annual Vacation Bible School  July 13-17, 2015. What a wild, wonderful week we had, learning how to conquer life’s challenges with God’s mighty power. Here are some of the facts about the week:

  • We had 284 children at Vacation Bible School, with an average daily attendance of 265. This was an all-time high. To this date, we had not yet reached 250 children.
  • We had 207 volunteers!
  • Of those 207 volunteers, 66 were Crew Leaders responsible for a small group of children. Crew Leaders travel VBS with their crews, making sure they are safe, building relationships with them and pointing them to Jesus. Crew Leaders are adults or teenagers (the vast majority are teen-agers) Crew Leaders for Everest VBS                                                                        Crew Leaders for Everest VBS
  • Somewhere around 50 of the participants were First Trinity members. The rest (around 235) were not.
  • We had children who are citizens of Haiti and China as participants.
  • There was a Bible point and story for each day:
    • Monday: God has the power to provide! (God provides for Elijah)
    • Tuesday: God has the power to comfort! (God speaks to Elijah)
    • Wednesday: God has the power to heal! (God heals Naaman)
    • Thursday: God has the power to forgive! (Jesus dies and rises again)
    • Friday: God has the power to love us forever! (Jesus promises an eternal home)

So those are the facts. What I’m having a hard time communicating about VBS this year is how powerful the week was. Some of the things that touched my heart:

  • Watching teen-aged Crew Leaders who may or may not “like” to sing, sing loud and do the motions so that their kids would praise God and have fun doing it.
  • Finding out that one child from China is just this week learning about Jesus and Christianity for the first time. His mom said, “We are ready to take the long journey to knowing Jesus and the Father.”
  • Noticing that all morning long, most every child I see walking the halls has a smile on their face.
  • Singing with 400 kids and adults, praising God with all our might. I wonder if it’s a little like heaven.
  • Having volunteers point out that the Bible points aren’t just for the kids and that God’s Word is touching their hearts this week, too.
  • Seeing all the time and preparation that our Station Leaders put into their role so that kids would have the best chance of meeting Jesus in their station.
  • One volunteer in her 70’s who had never in her life been present at a VBS and was completely overwhelmed by how great it all was.
  • Seeing our greeters gently walking children and their parents to their Crews on the first morning.
  • Numerous volunteers (including our Director, Tracy Bramwell) who take vacation days from work to serve at VBS.

My sister-in-law posted a list of quotes from Mr. Rogers this week. This one stood out to me:

A high school student wrote to ask, “What was the greatest event in American history?” I can’t say, However, I suspect that like so many “great” events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (Such as someone forgiving someone else for  a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important “great” things are never center stage of life’s dramas; they’re always “in the wings.” That’s why it’s so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.

That is to say, that all the great things I noticed are not nearly all the great things God was up to at Everest. There were likely a thousand ways or more that He was doing–and many of them were humble and deep rather than flashy. When I look at VBS, I don’t feel proud, I feel grateful. So many gifts from God. So many ways the Spirit was moving. Our God is so great, so strong and so mighty–there’s nothing our God cannot do!

– Sue Steege, Director of Transformation Ministries

P.S. We will celebrate VBS the weekend of August 8-9 at worship. VBS kids and volunteers will sing at the 11:15 service that weekend. Come and join the fun!

5 Comments

  1. Lisa Cross

    So moved by your comments Sue!
    What a powerful week of witnessing and learning! Love it!

  2. Faith Jacoby

    How wonderful that our church holds so many people who were so willing to give of their time, efforts and love to make such a week possible. Thank you for touching so many lives that may not know God but for this one time with you. Or better yet how wonderful that you touched so many lives who crave to know more of this loving God and his people.

  3. Carolyn

    Great recap Sue! I truly feel fortunate I was able to participate all week long – it’s been many years since I was able to do that. And it was so wonderful to see how much VBS has grown – from children to volunteers! As a visually oriented person, I just Loved how the theme was carried throughout the entire building – it enhances the experience so much. It’s just amazing what the gifts and talents of God’s people can do, working together.

  4. Tim Hartnett

    Yes it was an awesome VBS. So glad my grand kids gall got to participant as Crew learders and as a participant/helper.

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