Saturday, July 27, 2013

VBS at IBC: A Week In Athens

I really loved participating in VBS at church this week! I've never done that before and it was a wonderful experience. Our children's minster chose an awesome curriculum, which allowed the children to be transported back to Athens, where Paul preached the Gospel of Jesus.
The kids got to hear from Paul each day and got to visit a marketplace each day of shops, led by shopkeepers, some of whom didn't believe in Jesus. We had snacks that were healthy and "Greek", such as pita bread, grapes, yogurt, baked goodies, and nuts. (Since it was in the evening, I really appreciated that they didn't pump the kids full of snow cones and sandwich cookies!!) I learned a lot myself and was able to really understand how difficult it would have been to spread the news of Jesus to places like Greece, where they believed in a multitude of other gods and didn't like Christians who talked about the "one true God." I just thought it was so well done and such an excellent way to get the kids involved in an interactive experience!! We even all dressed the part and decorated the whole church to get the kids excited! Even Sophia and Avery got to dress up! (Jordan was too cool.)
We were divided into "oikos," or families, and all of us had a variety of ages. Our group started as 5 and grew to 9 by the end of the week! We were from Corinth (Corinthians!)
We got to play "arena games..."


We got to do some great worship songs with a flair of "Greece..."

The kids got to visit several shops, which included a toy making shop, law court, pottery shop, scribe shop, and petting zoo (among other things!) I got a lot of pictures with the animals, apparently.

We got to hear Paul preach (and our "Paul" did such an AMAZING job!!)

And some of us even got arrested by the guards. Jason is such a trouble maker.

It was a great week!! Our days were pretty cram-packed this week, but it was totally worth it! I was so excited when they said VBS was going to be in July this year. Every year, when we have the kids, VBS is usually in June, at every church, so we never got to take them. I noticed more and more churches in our community doing them in July! Now, Jordan is off for a fun-filled week of pre-teen camp with Faith and Isom! I am so excited he gets to go. As I was looking over his checklist and schedule for the week, I couldn't help but get transported back to the excitement I had before going myself. Such a great experience!!

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