It is summer time here in Iowa. That means all sorts of different things are happening for people. For some, this is vacation season. They get the family together, load everyone up into the car, and take a road trip somewhere.
For other people it’s the busy season at work. This is when the vast majority of their work and income occurs. Landscapers and ice cream shops are really busy this time of the year.
For us at Holy Trinity it’s also a busy time of year. This week is Vacation Bible School (VBS) and it has been a crazy week. The normal way of doing things is tossed out the window and things get crazy in all sorts of different ways. Crazy busy; crazy organized; crazy fun. Even the Science Guy gets crazy (that would be me!).
If you were in worship this past weekend, you were able to see all the decorations around the church in preparation for VBS. And that wasn’t even all of them. The sanctuary has been turned into an awesome set and the kids (and adults) are having fun.
VBS is crazy – which is just one reason it is so fun for the kids. VBS isn’t just fun though. It makes a huge impact in the life of a child. I get a front row seat to see how VBS helps a child learn more about their faith in Jesus and to help strengthen their relationships with him.
VBS also sticks with people way into their later years. Even if they don’t think they remember all the times they went to Vacation Bible School when they were kids.
I was with a group of seniors for an offsite worship service a couple months ago. There are no hymnals there so we bring along some song sheets so that everyone can sing. It was my job to bring the song sheets. I didn’t realize until after I had already arrived for the service that I forgot them on my desk.
It wasn’t an option to drive back for them. So, we changed up the songs we sang that day. We chose songs that I remember singing as a child (and they were old when I was a kid). These seniors (some of them well into their 90s) remembered them as well. “This Little Light of Mine”, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, and “Jesus Loves Me” were sung and everyone remembered the lyrics.
When we sang those songs, those seniors remembered all the actions too. Even the most stoic among the bunch was smiling and having fun. Laughter and fun were had by all. The songs took them back to childhood. They helped them remember what it was like to be a child all those years ago. It reminded them of the faith they learned, just like the kids this week in VBS.
It’s just one of the many reasons why we have Vacation Bible School here at Holy Trinity. It’s important for the kinds, but not just for the current generation. Just like the seniors who were singing songs from their youth, someday these kids will remember their time spent in VBS. They’ll remember the songs, they’ll remember the dancing, they’ll remember the friends. They’ll remember all the lessons they learned about Jesus and the love that he has for his children, whether those children are 6 years old, or 90 years old.
In Christ, Travis Segar – Pastoral Intern