We have so many things happening in the lives of our young congregants this month. If you were in worship on Sunday, you were able to taste the bread baked by our confirmand, Abbi. She has been studying with a mentor and myself since the start of Lent. This Sunday, she will be baptized and join the church! What a wonderful way to celebrate Pentecost, the “birthday” of the church, by welcoming a new member through baptism.
Vacation Bible School also starts on Sunday. We have 21 children registered and around 13 adult volunteers. They will learn all about how God can enable them to do great things. The stories they will learn include Daniel and the lion's den, Esther, The Good Samaritan, Jesus healing 10 lepers, and Jesus comforting a friend on the way to Emmaus. Our sanctuary will be transformed into the bridge of a space ship, and it will have singing and dancing children in it in the evenings. Plus, there will be really cool science experiments because it’s a space theme. (I never got to make a robot at VBS when I was a kid.)
There is still time to register to volunteer or sign up a child: https://tmab.cokesburyvbs.com/GraceInTheHeights
. If you are unable to volunteer, I strongly encourage you to pray for VBS. Pray for the children who have signed up. Pray for their parents. Pray for the impact that these children will have on the world around us. Pray for our volunteers giving up their evenings. Pray for their patience! Pray that everyone will experience God this week.
We have a few students going off to Summer Camp in a few weeks. It’s always nice to get mail at camp, especially if homesickness is starting to set in. If you would like to write a note of encouragement (and maybe slip a treat in) pick up an envelope at the display on Sunday and return it by Sunday, June 23 before we leave for camp.
To me, the real impact of my ministry isn’t how many children we see enter the doors of the church, but it is the Disciple-making process that happens. Children receive their first encounters with God through something like VBS or Messy Church, then the deepening of their own beliefs through weeks like church camp, and then confirming what they believe. Investing in the young means that we know God is doing great things in their lives now and will continue to do so in the future. These kids can change the world.