By Matthew Raley
Two years ago, my first year as pastor here, TMC was unable to host Vacation Bible School because of the pandemic. It was one of many disappointments we faced as a church during 2020. But VBS came roaring back last summer.
I was so encouraged to see all the energy and creativity our congregation put into outreach. The VBS committee showed fantastic teamwork and organization. The decorations in the auditorium were amazing, transforming it into a construction zone for our theme, “Concrete and Cranes.” It was a joy to see our facility teeming with kids having a great time.
VBS is a complicated operation! I saw a team receiving kids, taking their pictures, ensuring their security, and keeping records of attendance. There were musicians leading worship each night. On the front porch, there were cooks making delicious food for parents each evening, which gave me a chance to have conversations with them.
And then there were teachers for the kids, teachers for the adults, game directors, announcers, more cooks and snack providers. It is unusual to have such a large participation from a congregation in a summer event.
The good news is we get to do it again this summer. As we launch VBS this morning, remember how great an opportunity we have to serve families in our community. Young children and their parents will be in our building who would never come otherwise. Every single role on each team can help bring someone to a saving knowledge of Christ. I hope you’ll consider what part you can play in June! Thank you for your prayers and service!