This week our church like many churches across the nation is hosting a Vacation Bible School for the children of our church and community. There is nothing like the feeling of having a church facility over run with children.
During the course of the week my mind raced back to my days in Vacation Bible School. I can remember the honor of being chosen to carry in the flag. I can remember when the pianist gave the students the cue to stand up and to sit down by playing a couple of distinct notes. High tech in those days was a new flannel board complete with Jesus and his twelve disciples.
This week our children have taken a road trip to the Big Apple–New York City. The Lifeway materials strikes me with its creative and innovation. Personally I have enjoyed the music. I must admit I am challenged by choreography (or dancing), but of course I suspect anyone who can really dances must have Methodist roots!
Martin Luther knew the genius and power of music in the realm of transformation. He turned the religious world upside down by putting the truth in the language of the people and one of the key ways he did this was by putting this truth to music. Music has a way of bonding truth to the heart.
Of course the key to the effective of Vacation Bible School revolves around the volunteers. In our case, we have 72 volunteers working with our children. The volunteers range from the young and old, but one thing true of each one of them is their love for the Lord and their love for children. Much like Jesus, these volunteers understand the significance of investing in children. Children hold the future of our land in their hands, and their lives are dramatically shaped by what happens in the early days of their lives. We can innovate and entertain but if we are serious about life transformation–the volunteers are the key.
I thank God for people who make Vacation Bible School a success.