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The Other 361 Days

The four days of Vacation Bible School might be the coolest week ever, but they are probably the least important four days of the year for our children.  Why, you might ask?! It’s a “larger than life” production that takes hours of preparation, numerous volunteers, lots of donations from congregation members as well as financial support.  So when a child accepts Christ into their heart during a VBS week we count ourselves, as leadership, to be a part of a HUGE experience in a child’s life.  The time, money, and effort that is spent makes these four days an awesome and fun experience for our kids.

Not only that, but VBS also is a great outreach opportunity to invite unchurched friends from your neighborhood or school. But the relationships go beyond just four days of VBS, it’s a daily investment between friends and neighbors in community with each other. Our unchurched friends will see Christ through us over a shared meal, a cup of coffee, on the playground, or a play date at the pool.  The investment and discipleship that one makes with a friend before and after a VBS experience is key.
In the grand scheme of things, VBS is just a tool that facilitates an environment allowing children to experience grace and love in a concentrated time frame of four days. It builds upon the foundation that a child gets from home. The nurturing, teaching and leading that a child receives from a parent day in and day out goes so much further than this.  It enables a child to have a life changing experience at a VBS, Sunday school, or anyplace that Christ decides to use in their lives.

Often, looking back, we see how Christ orchestrates circumstances to draw us to Himself.  VBS is one of many ways that Christ uses to help kids understand what God has been doing all along.  Time that a child spends at home with his or her family vastly outweighs the 52 hours out of a year they spend in Sunday School.  A child’s faith in Christ comes from an ongoing experience of Christ daily drawing them to Himself. Their faith must be rooted firmly in a foundation that is laid by his or her family or mentor and continued to be watered or strengthened or it becomes just a mountain-top experience.  Christ uses mountain-top experiences along with other experiences to draw His children near to Him. But when one comes down from the mountain, what then? How does one live? How does one change?

The vow that a parent makes at their child’s baptism is something to ponder: “Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God and promise in humble reliance upon divine grace that you will endeavor to set before him a godly example, that you will pray with and for him, that you will teach him the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive by all the means of God’s appointment to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?”

As a church and body of believers, we respond and vow that we will undertake the responsibility of assisting these parents in the Christian nurture of this child.  Due to the fact that we are all depraved human beings raising depraved children in a sinful world, parenting is not an easy task. But as a church we are here to serve, resource, and walk alongside parents on this journey. So if you don’t get to experience the epic-ness and awesome-ness of VBS, make a point to be a part of a child’s nurturing the other 361 days of the year.