Please His heart, even though it may not please others.
Wait for His time, even though your desire is to get it done now.
Obey His Word, even though you hear something different that is popular.
Follow His path, even though you see a valley ahead.
Trust His wisdom, even though you want to do it differently.
Give Him praise, even though you are going through something unpleasant.
Be at rest, even though you have every reason to worry or fear.
Giant Lego blocks, rulers, cans spilling paint, and a picture of Rivet, the blue carpenter ant (our puppet) showcase the Wonder Words for Day Four of VBS, “WORK WITH GOD.”
Today’s Bible story was about Jesus feeding the 5,000 (John 6:1-13). The story teller, Sherry Lindsay, is shown holding a basket that might have contained the lunch of a child, something ordinary that became something extraordinary, a meal for over 5,000 people. The story illustrates all of us can participate in God’s work.
In keeping with the Bible story, leader, Arlie Broadaway, devised Bread Basket toss. Children aimed beanbags at baskets of different sizes and followed fun instructions after making a shot. Always a favorite, recreation is so much more than just games, tying together fun activities with each Bible story.
The Science Station has been manned by three instructors this week, Bill Whittington, Jim Bynum, and Barbara Galloway. Today’s Lunch Bag Pop, didn’t pop, because they were studying gas laws relating to temperature changes. Looking at the intense attention paid by 1st and 2nd graders, it was amazing!
Looking closely at the crafts group, one spies a completed tool chest in the center of the table. Each child painted pieces, put those pieces together, and decorated their chest in some manner and will take them home as a permanent reminder of our Workshop of Wonders. Also shown are small sail boats that were assembled from what appeared to be scraps of wood. And precision-required flowers made from very small pieces of paper, cut and folded and glued together very carefully are also on the table. That was a busy room with a lot of enthusiusm all week.
Friday is the last day of 2014’s Vacation Bible School,
WORKSHOP OF WONDERS, where we learned that we can Imagine With God, Build With God, Grow With God, Work With God, and Walk With God!”
Day three of VBS centered around the Wonder Words “Grow With God”. Each day has a theme specific topic related to the overall “Workshop of Wonders” theme. Wednesday the children heard the Parable of the Mustard Seed in the Bible Nook and throughout the day, the idea of Growing with God was presented.
Some 3rd and 4th graders enjoy eating a “dirt” dessert complete with a wiggly (gummy) worm crawling out of the cup. The kids LOVED it! with many asking for “more worms, please!” Some groups discussed the value of worms as plants and crops grow (with God) in their gardens and fields.
The Pre-K and Kindergarten group were anxious to plant seeds with the Story Teller after hearing the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Children were able to see the minute size of the mustard seed at their Reflection Time in each class. Teachers had cups with the tiny seeds for the class to look at and hold in their hands.
During Recreation time, VBS kids played “Seed in the Hole” trying to toss a frisbee into a hula hoop “hole.” That was followed by an active game of ball on the concrete court.
1st and 2nd graders are amazed making their Lava Lamps. Using something ordinary like vegetable oil, water, food coloring, and antacid tablets in a bottle turns into something extraordinary. The look on the children’s faces tells it all.
VBS this week has truly been a Workshop of Wonders! Come by and watch your church in action sharing God’s love and God’s message, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
“YOU ARE THE GOD WHO WORKS WONDERS.” Psalm 77:14a
– The VBS Mission Project for 2014 is Birthday Bags for the Rainbow Room in Hemphill for use in Sabine County and perhaps, surrounding counties. Each bag should contain a box of cake mix, a can of prepared frosting, and a small pack of candles placed in a colorful birthday bag. These bags are for children who would not have a birthday cake or celebration on their special day.
– Visioneers had a terrific time in Crafts Tuesday, putting their tool boxes together. There was careful alignment required, small nails to place in pre-drilled holes, and hammered together. Those 5 small, separate ordinary pieces became something extraordinary as the children “build with God” and created their one-of-a-kind tool box.