One of my most favorite things to do as a child during the summer was to attend Vacation Bible School, VBS. I would count the days until I could go and see my friends, spend time learning about the people in the Bible and their stories and also make crafts. For me, the stories of the Bible came to life in those few hours each evening and in the sense of accomplishment from planting a seed in a paper cup and watching it grow, or making a hanging basket for my mother. Well, there was nothing like those times. All these years later, with kids practically born with some sort of electronic device in their hands, the world has changed from those simple VBS days, but the benefits of VBS have not changed. Sunrise United Methodist Church in Lewisville, NC, knows the importance of VBS and of sharing God’s word with children to grow them in their knowledge and faith from an early age.
Sharing God’s Love and Learning God’s Word
“Sunrise UMC Vacation Bible School provides an excellent opportunity to reach the youth in our area, ages 3 to rising 6th graders, with the message of God’s love for them presented through fun, themed activities. Our focus this year is ‘Surf Shack, Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love.’ Each night will begin with a Bible story involving the sea, and everyone who attends will ‘catch the wave’ to that particular setting in the Bible. We will cover the story of creation, Moses on the Nile, Jesus’ Baptism and Jesus calming the stormy seas,” said Brandy Brandon, VBS coordinator at Sunrise UMC. The key to the children getting the most out of their time at VBS is to get their attention early and keep it!
“We will have the children gather each night at the ‘surf shack’ to watch/participate in an Epic Ride skit that explains the theme for the evening. Our group leader, or ‘lifeguard,’ will rotate small groups of kids through fun stations that reinforce the night’s Bible lesson. The fun stations will include a science experiment; recreation, which usually involves getting wet, always fun for kids; music; crafts; beachy snack and a mission project. For two-and-a-half hours, kids will not only have fun, but learn about Bible stories,” Brandy commented.
Whether your child can attend for the entire VBS session, five evenings, or just one, Sunrise UMC is ready to welcome you and your family! “We welcome ALL children at any time, for all of the VBS or just one night. Preregistration helps us plan for crafts and food, but we can always improvise, so this should never prevent a child from attending. There is no cost, but we do have a mission focus and ask kids to participate by bringing items or contributing financially. This year we will be packing compassion kits for child refugees. On the final night of VBS, we invite family members to come and watch a slide show of the week and bring a lawn chair to have some dinner while the children play,” stated Brandy.
This is a very important outreach of Sunrise UMC, and since the church was formed, they have tried to provide some sort of program, not always in the traditional VBS format, but for the last 20 years at least, the church has offered a VBS program.
“We hope that the children learn that they are accepted and loved, no matter what they look like, what they are wearing…they are always accepted and loved. Sunrise UMC is a nurturing environment, and we want the children of our community to know we care about them and genuinely are sharing God’s love through our actions,” Brandy said.
Sunrise UMC Vacation Bible School is July 17th−21st, 2016, 6 pm−8:30 pm, nightly. Available for children three years to rising 6th graders.
For preregistration for VBS, visit Sunrise UMC’s website at www.sunrise-umb.org. to download the registration form, and you can drop it by the church or mail it to 1111 Lewisville Clemmons Rd, Lewisville, NC 27023. For any questions, call the church office at 336-712-8000 or e-mail Brandy Brandon at email@example.com.
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