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Vacation Bible School season is in full gear now, and I remember my days as a VBS Volunteer. This hilarious comic shows “How to Spot a VBS Volunteer” and apart from being male and having Mountain Dew instead of coffee (yes, at 7AM when I got up for it–I was a teenager!), it’s pretty accurate to my experience. The reason I came back (and wanted to) was because I had an absolute blast leading kids and realizing that maybe, just maybe, you’re making an impact on their lives for the Kingdom. In light of that, here’s the question [THERE ARE GROUND RULES BELOW]:
Do you have any fun VBS Stories to share? What was your favorite experience at VBS? Why did you volunteer or participate?
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When we did the story of the escape into Egypt from Matthew, the 3rd grade girls in my group kept referring to King Herod as “Evil King Herold,” and they told the whole story like a spy thriller.
That sounds like a blast! I bet it also put the story in their heads for life.
I enjoyed volunteering quite a bit, though I didn’t think I would going in. I was a (late) teen and got assigned third graders who clearly didn’t want to be there. The theme was Hawaiian in nature and my group got the name “Spiritual Surfers.” I decided that each day, we’d have a different phrase to yell out towards other groups as we passed them in the building. So, for example, I’d call out “What do surfers say!?” and they’d all shout “Surf’s UP!” It got them into it, and it also got me into it as well. It was a really awesome experience, and one which I’d say got the kids engaged more in the daily activities and learning.
My VBS story is about a speaker which affected the rest of my life. When I was in junior high, (my church had VBS through high school), the church brought in the pastor of another small local church to speak to the older kids. He worked at the space sciences building at the local university, and had developed a slide talk on how Genesis and science fit together. This was very similar to the view Reasons to Believe now promotes, but many years earlier. In particular, taking Gen. 1:2 and following as being from the point of view of an observer on the face of the earth was the key to how things fit together.
I had always been interested in science, although I didn’t major in it in college. After college, I ended up going to this pastor’s church, which was strong on teaching apologetics and theology to the mostly student attendees. Needless to say, a lot of marriages also resulted there, including my own. Although we don’t live in that city any more, apologetics and science and faith issues have remained an area of interest ever since. I’m thankful for this early exposure to the OEC view, which has prevented many struggles over the age issue. (By the way, some of those influenced by that church are names you would know in apologetics circles today.)
I did work with VBS in our current church for many years in the craft department. I’m afraid most of my memories from that consist of how exhausting it was to get everything done in the time allotted!