Things around Holy Trinity have been a bit busy. But it’s not the usual kind of busy.
It all started later in the afternoon on Sunday. A bunch of people showed up and then started having all sorts of fun. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking that I needed to step in and do something because having fun in church is just something we’re not supposed to do. But I didn’t know what to do, so I just watched as these people were having fun here in the building.
Then they showed up again on Monday. People were leading kids, singing and dancing, and marching from one room to another. There were a couple of “scientists” in lab coats doing some weird science experiments. There were others helping kids paint and craft. Then a bunch of teenagers were outside helping the younger kids play games.
I just stood back in awe and soaked it all in. I loved to see the hugs and the high fives given out. It was fantastic to see these kids learning about Jesus and faith from a group of teenagers and adults who are just a little farther along on their faith journey.
Then it repeated Tuesday. And again Wednesday. I suspect that it will occur again tonight if you’re reading this on Thursday.
Now all joking aside, Vacation Bible School this year has been fantastic to experience. While having fun is one of the goals of VBS, it isn’t THE goal of VBS. In fact, fun is just a method employed to help the kids learn and to help nurture their faith.
One thing I loved to see was a congregation fulfilling its promise to the parents of the baptized. In the course of every baptism here, the congregation is asked “People of God, do you promise to support, love, and pray for this person as they live a new life in Christ? Do you promise to walk with and support these parents and godparents providing a faithful witness and example of living as disciples of Jesus?” You all answer, “We do!”
VBS is just one of the many ways you are fulfilling that promise to walk beside parents as they help raise their children to know and to follow Jesus. You fulfill that promise to provide a faithful witness and an example of living as disciples of Jesus as we volunteer to prepare snacks and to lead singing and teaching, even when we are there to put bandages on boo boos. You help nurture the faith of these little ones in all that you do.
You also fulfill that promise through your faithful giving to support the mission of the congregation. You put your own faith into action as you serve. You are providing a faithful witness to these little children who will grow up and be the next generation to pass along their faith to the next generation.
This week has been busy for all sorts of reasons, and all those reasons are good!
Pastor for Care and Community