Reminiscing seems particularly popular this month as we long for days filled with sunshine, green grass, and plenty of fun-filled days that summer always seems to bring us. But, unlike many of us, Northwood’s younger attendees are looking ahead at a summer filled with a dose of Jesus-filled fun and learning.
That’s right, if you haven’t guessed it already, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is just around the corner. This year’s theme is “Get Hooked on Jesus” and volunteers are already excited about “reeling in” this year’s K-6 students. For more information, click: http://www.northwood.cc/vbs
Even if you’re not K-6, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Volunteers are needed every year, and you could become a part of guiding children to Jesus.
Still not convinced? In that case, don’t take our word for it. We interviewed VBS volunteer-veteran Melissa, a Northwood attender since Mother’s Day in 2008, who was thrilled at the opportunity to share some of her experiences volunteering.
Q: How long have you been a volunteer for VBS?
A: The past two years
Q: How do the kids react to VBS?
A: They’re excited. No, I don’t think that truly describes it. I would say exuberant!
Q: How many accept Christ as a result of VBS?
A: Last year I was told there were seven, my kids included.
(We’re going to interrupt here for a second; you can’t hear this because you’re reading this online, but Melissa’s voice here was so darn cute and proud of her kids that we had to mention it.)
Q: Your kids have gone to Northwood’s VBS program for the past two years, correct?
A: Yes, as long as I’ve been volunteering.
Q: What did they like most about it?
A: The different activities they were able to do. Two years ago they were acting, and last year it resembled a marketplace [which was fun].
Q: Your children accepted Christ at last year’s VBS program; tell us more about that.
A: They’re each in their own separate [age] group – I was the leader for my son’s group. They were led through prayers. After VBS we went home and I asked if they had prayed the prayer and they said they had. I was overjoyed to say the least.
“It was just a moving experience; to not only have kids accept Jesus Christ [into their hearts as Savior] but also to be a part of something bigger,” Melissa said, finishing that last question.
When asked about her more personal experience with VBS program, she said, “volunteering last year as a group leader was a humbling experience and it opened my eyes. I’ll give you an example [of] how the kids in our group experienced God. I had one boy tell me that God gave him the courage to do things; he was really shy. These are kindergarteners, so it was a lot deeper than I thought it would go.”
When prompted to talk more about her experience with VBS, Melissa added, “I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My first experience with church was my sister taking me to Vacation Bible School when I was younger. So its kind of come full circle with my kids. It’s humbling. It brings people into the church that normally don’t come to church and the community – it opens the door for them to experience Christ and learn about Him in their lives.”
When asked what she would say to the congregation if she were standing in front of us on a Sunday morning, Melissa said:
“It takes a lot of people to make it happen in a fun way for the kids, so more volunteers are always needed. But I would just encourage them (the church) to invite the neighbor kids and spread the word!”
For more information on Vacation Bible School (whether registering children for fun-filled activities, or as a volunteer), visit Northwood’s VBS web page: http://www.northwood.cc/vbs