Tomorrow is the start of VBS at our church. This is going to be our 3rd year here, going to the 5 night extravaganza.
Year one, JB was 2 and EB was barely 1. It was kind of a mess. The nursery worker was new to EB so she cried. A lot. JB’s tiny kids class met inside a tent. Which produced major sensory overload for the poor kid, so he trailed around after me and my 6th graders I was assigned to help lead. So that was a too-young-to-go -to-VBS scenario.
Last year, the kids were older but we moved into a new house 2 days into the process. So I went to VBS 2 nights that year and then gave up and stayed home with my boxes.
This is going to be our year! No moving, no more babies, both kids are ready to go. JB has been to preschool for a year, so he understands all the crucial kid things like lining up and listening and doing activities. EB is about to start preschool so I think she will benefit greatly from being in a class, and being in a different one than her brother. Since the kids go to different schools, it’ll be good for her to be on her own.
I get to do object lessons and interact with each class when they come to the snack room. I think this will be really fun. I remember 2 years ago they had snack set up this way and I loved taking my class there because the lady in charge did a fantastic job. She’s my co-lesson leader this year, so I think we’ll have a great time. She’s an incredible mom with kids who I enjoy working with in other church activities and I am excited to get to know her a little better.
I love the energy of VBS, the excitement the offering contests brings, the fun songs we learn every year that get the kids amped up, the memory verses, all of it. I am glad that in the past 2 years I introduced the process to the kids even though they weren’t really old enough to grasp it all at the time. I think it is a kid rite of passage to go to VBS in the summer and I remember my classes, how I met some of my best friends in 3rd grade at our church, working as a helper when I was in jr. high and high school, too. It’s a great way that a church family can pull together and have something really special to give our kids. It’s a ton of work, especially for the Children’s pastor and other people at church who are in charge, but I think they would tell you it is worth it.
Your protegé ready to embark on VBS,