Tuesday, July 30, 2013

VBS: Adventure Week "Turn It Up!"

The church we attend was having their week-long Vacation Bible School.  They created two sessions; an A.M. & P.M. session.  A.M. was from 9 a.m - noon and the P.M. session was from 6 - 9 p.m.  Since Isabel is taking dance classes on Thursday nights, I signed her up for the morning session.  Then I decided to volunteer for the evening session.  Isabel had to come with me 2 of the evening sessions because Jake and David both had to work, so both those days were very long for her.

The theme was "Turn It Up!"

This was free to anyone in our community (except for the $5 fee if they wanted to purchase a VBS T-shirt.)  Kids attending and volunteers working wore "Turn It Up" T-shirts and name tags.  Everything was decorated with the above images.  Age groups were divided into teams; Blue Crew, Yellow Swarm, Green Machine and Red Rumble.  Isabel was in Green Machine.  The morning session had almost 3 times the kids in the evening session.  I had it easy volunteering at night.

I was SO amazed. So impressed.  The "leaders" were all the teens and young adults from the church.  With a little guidance from key adults, these teen and Y.A. leaders were amazing.  From teaching kids dances, to plays, lessons, pep rallies, sports, snack time, set up and tear down, these kids did it all, and most of them worked both sessions.  I was impressed with their talent, leadership, hard work, commitment to God and to loving on these kids, some of who have never been to church in their lives.  There was a water day on Thursday and a family night/wrap up ice cream party on Saturday night that I also worked.  Parents got to see what the kids did all week, played games, danced, watched videos and had ice cream.

I was even presented with a "Shine" award from one of the leaders who nominated me.  It made me smile.
My Shine Award (mmmm, chonklits)

And just make you smile I  leave you with a little funny, below (these are just the night kids.  Imagine this, but triple the kids and that was the a.m. group.)