By Rev. Becky Caswell-Speight
I was asked this question a few weeks ago and I have been contemplating it since. After much thought, I’ve concluded that for Smoke Rise Baptist no, Vacation Bible School has not run its course.
In three weeks, more than 50 volunteers will teach approximately 150 students, and care for almost twice as many parents. They are already making plans, reading Bible stories, and preparing to teach and serve children from all over our area. In the process of this preparation these leaders are learning more about the Beatitudes, the Prophets, and Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension.
The learning doesn’t stop with our workers. On July 11th – 14th, they will host over one hundred fifty children. Each child will experience 12 hours of singing, sharing, creating, and finding the light of Christ in a dark world. Through the lessons each child will learn about the hope, love, courage, and power that can be found in Christ.
But the learning doesn’t stop with the children that we teach. Each child has a loved ones that care for them at home. In their twelve hour break they receive July 11th- 14th they will learn of the beauty that is the fellowship of Smoke Rise Baptist. On July 15th, Smoke Rise will host a swim party for all of the participants and their families to have conversations and build relationships with each family that attends Vacation Bible School.
For Smoke Rise Baptist, VBS has not run its course. It is still a wonderful viable opportunity to connect with the community, the children, and ourselves. I’m looking forward to experiencing God’s Light this week. If you’d like to join us please go to the church website and sign up today.