Even young children benefit from worship and fellowship. The worship in Vacation Bible School (VBS) provides a basis or foundation for their understanding of faith. The related activities provide an opportunity to exercise that understanding, putting to use what they have learned and giving them tactile and kinematic expression of their new knowledge. And the fellowship builds a sense of community — “kiddy koinonia”.
In 2011 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church provided a Vacation Bible School, running from Sunday July 10 to Wednesday July 13. This was open to the children of the congregation and other children in the surrounding area. The average attendance for this four day VBS was approximately 20 children per evening and about half that number of adults. Rest assured, the adults benefitted from this VBS as well!
The theme this year was water in the Old Testament, foretelling the use of water in Holy Baptism in the New Testament. An example of that is pictured here. The waters of the Red Sea were used to allow the Israelites to escape their bondage and those waters then destroyed the Egyptians who had enslaved them. Likewise, in the waters of baptism we are given a path to escape the bondage of sin and the evil ones who would enslave us in sin are destroyed.
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What we did in VBS:
Gathering to worship.
Parting the Red Sea
Egyptians about to drown
Popsicles and play afer hard work
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Last updated on 2011 July 18 by the webmaster, Jim Frysinger.