This year we have the opportunity to be part of vacation bible school. The theme is “Twists and Turns,” in which Jesus guides us along the path of failures and victories based on five stories of the apostle Peter. With these stories, children, young people, and adults will have the opportunity to find salvation in their lives.
Training clinics will be held in the following locations.
>Feb.18, 715 North St. Manteca, Ca. 95336
>Feb. 25, 145 Martinvale Lane, San José, Ca. 95119
>Mar. 4, 8707 Greenleaf Avenue, Whitter, Ca. 90602
>Mar. 11, 113 E. Fairview Road, Bakersfield, Ca. 93307
All clinics are from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
These sessions will include training for directors, leaders for adults, youth, school-age children, and preschoolers, as well as crafts, snacks, scene construction, and of course, missions. This curriculum includes a small musical play for presentation to the church at the end of your VBS.
Why is it so important to have Vacation Bible School? It is an open door to the spread of the gospel. It’s an opportunity for the church to have a connection with new families. It is an entrance into the homes of the children to plant the word of God and with follow-up, to bring families to Christ. These families may, in turn, become members of the local church.
If you have not considered having vacation bible school this year, I encourage you to do it. Come to the training clinic in your area. Encourage your church to have an evangelistic outreach larger than you have ever imagined! Gather volunteers who are willing to be involved in this work. Train them and encourage them in the joy of serving the Lord through VBS. Your church will have an unforgettable experience.
Look to the future. As a church, make plans to host a VBS. I’d like to share something that will motivate you more to do it. This month of February, it will be 60 years since I accepted Christ in a vacation bible school. In my country, it is summertime in February. I remember well the day I received Christ as my personal savior.
(This article was translated into English by Yolanda Clark from The Church at Green Hills in La Habra).