Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

The Seven Joys of VBS



Many thanks to all the wonderful members of Christ Our Hope for making Vacation Bible School such a blessing to the children, their parents, and this pastor!  Here are the Seven Joys I rediscovered this past week:

  1. Having 5 opportunities, 5 days  IN A ROW to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in stories, songs, games, crafts, skits, and conversations with so many wonderful kids!  This kind of quality time with people is hard to come by these days.
  2. Having dear Christians (the children) who are genuinely EXCITED to hear how much God loves them – again and again and again!  This kind of enthusiasm is a rare treat.
  3. Having dear Christians (the children) who are unafraid to let you know when they don’t get it, don’t like it, or can’t take it any more! This kind of honesty is such a welcome relief.
  4. Watching dear Christians (the congregational members) lovingly and patiently model Christ’s love, even as they teach it! This sanctification in action is a thing of true beauty to behold
  5. Seeing the whole thing once again through the eyes of a child (my own two now!) Not just thinking I have to get through this, but I want to be IN this – AT this!
  6. Being given permission one week each year to play and be a little crazy while at work!  Like I needed permission for this.
  7. Cookies and juice.  Obviously.

If you have been involved in a VBS (parent, teacher, helper, student), what would you add to the list?


Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

3 thoughts on “The Seven Joys of VBS

  1. One of my VBS joys was the non-visible support network, including people who were not physically there but supported in other ways, like providing background support, craft and snack supplies, and for our evening VBS, a light supper for those who’d go from work to VBS.

    Another joy is children who come back year after year (and because they want to)! I recall one parent telling me of how her children asked her when the VBS was, and being so excited when they got there they’d try to get out of the vehicle just as it was parked. (There were moments I wish I could have some of their energy levels rub off on me…)

    I was excited during music when songs were requested from previous years (and fortunately didn’t need printed lyrics to be sung). It gave me hope that the stuff they hear now will stick with them (and that’s probably why I like to go through music before I lead it).

    I’m sure there’s other things too. VBS is a tiring time, but also a time for joy!

  2. While I totally agree with your list, I would add the following,
    8.I found that through a child’s joy and enthusiasm I was reliving, reigniting, rejoicing that I too am a child of God. I believe I gained in my faith walk as did the others, for when you share your faith even in little ways the Holy Spirit blesses.
    I truly enjoyed my week at VBS and sincerely thank you Pastor Ken for all the work you put forward to bring the week together. It was a wonderful curricullum. I’m glad that the children’s witness of freshness of faith through the Holy Spirit swept into our lives and God refreshed us too. We adults need this in this weary world of ours, oh to be a child again ( in some ways).

  3. Excellent points all around.

    One of the neatest things I have ever been a part of was watching the same (non-member) children come through VBS for 8 or nine years. They go through so many changes in their lives between the ages of 3 and 12, but always looked forward to coming back. I even had some, who when they got to old to attend as students, asked to be part of it as helpers! Now that warms the heart!

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