Vacation Bible School is the “best week of the year!” During the third week of June, our facility will be filled with over 200 very busy, very active, and at times, very noisy children. Kids from all over the area cram into the sanctuary pews at 9:00am in the morning. It takes over 70 volunteers, hundreds of craft supplies, cases of snack food, and hours of planning.
So… why do we do it? 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 stopped these adults and children in their tracks. “Go away!” they told them. In their thinking, Jesus had better things to do than bless a lot of little ones.
When Jesus realized 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. It is children who most openly receive Him. Their concerns, their joys, and their hearts are important to God. And since we claim to be followers of Jesus, we want to have the same kind of heart for children that He did. Children mattered to Jesus. Here at Grace Church, they matter to us, too. And that is why we do Vacation Bible School.
P.S. Check out our VBS program for this year, Operation Arctic!