Recently I was talking with a retired couple who both asked about the kids ministry at Grace. They also shared a few camp and VBS memories from their childhood. Over fifty years later, a half century, and they still remember the impact of events that adults created for them to have fun and learn about God’s love in Jesus. My heart is always warmed by such stories. In my own life I am also able to look back at events–weekends, camps, outings that adults of the church created to teach me how Jesus’ love can make all the difference in our lives, especially in times of struggle. More than that, I can still name the names of those adults, some of them now passed on to heaven’s shore. I usually don’t say, “Yee Haw!” when I think of them. But, I do get a grateful feeling, and am reminded each of us is called to pass the faith on in some way or another. VBS is one of those ways. I invite you to start praying now for VBS leaders and the kids who will attend. If you are crafty, enjoy teaching, like to creating snacks, enjoy leading kids in outdoor games, or are adept at giving first aid if needed please let Sarah Martin or Stephanie Grow know or me know, ASAP. If you’ve not helped before we need need time to do the obligatory Safe Sanctuary background check. And, the sooner we know the more it helps with planning.
Finally, I invite you to attend worship this Sunday–it will be a bit of a VBS preview, partially lead by Jen, Len, Katelinn, Breanna, and Brayden Beck. If you have western attire, feel free to wear it. If you have grandchildren visiting, feel free to bring them. If a new neighbor has moved in near you, feel free to invite. It will be an informal worship, that maybe, just maybe, will bring back some grateful memories that you have for those who have blessed you on your faith journey. And, I expect, it will whisper there is, indeed, hope for the future.