As I write these words our facility is filled with over 200 very busy, very active, and at times, very noisy children. It is the first hour of our week long Vacation Bible School (“the best week of the year!” as we like to call it around here!). So … why do we do it? Why do over 70 volunteers give of their time across the course of the week? Certainly they have many other things they could be doing! And why does our church make this week such a priority … both in preparing for the week and funding the week?
The reason we do it can be found in the gospel story. In the Gospel of Mark (chapter ten), Jesus was busy teaching the multitudes. Numerous parents (and probably aunts, uncles and grandparents, too) were bringing children to Jesus. They wanted this young and upcoming, miracle-working rabbi to bless their kids. His disciples thought he was way too busy to bother with these children. So they were stopping these adults and children in their tracks. “Go away!” they told them. In their thinking Jesus had better things to do then bless a lot of little ones.
When Jesus heard about what was going on, he became angry. Very angry! He rebuked his disciples. He told them in no uncertain terms, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Jesus then scooped up the children in his arms and blessed them.
This story reveals the heart Jesus has for children. And since we claim to be followers of Jesus, we want to have that same kind of heart. Children mattered to Jesus. Here at Grace Church, they matter to us, too. And that is why we do Vacation Bible School.
PS – check out our VBS program for this year, Ocean Commotion!