Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Our church, Kennesaw United Methodist, just completed a fabulous, fun-tastic week of Vacation Bible School. Entitled "Everywhere Fun Fair," the program enthralled the children with energetic songs and a wide variety of activities which taught them all about what it means to love their neighbors.
My partner, Marcia, and I were blessed to work together with our sweet group of kindergarten kids. We were their "shepherdesses" every morning, guiding them to snack time, Bible story, missions (where they learned about our church's outreach activities), crafts, science, and games. The two teens assisting us were absolutely outstanding with the children, making our time with them even more enjoyable.
Each day had a theme which described the aspects of a good neighbor. The young people learned that "neighbor are: friendly; giving; bold; forgiving, and welcoming." And, each day, the children learned a part of the scripture quoted above. so, by the end of the week, even our five-year-olds had a good grasp of the concept, "love your neighbor."
Truth be told, I don't know who had more fun that week, the children or the shepherdesses! In fact, after the first morning as we are sitting in one of the nursery rooms for our reflection time, and waiting for parents to arrive for pick up, a little girl asks me this question:
"Is this your work?"
Bingo! Without a split second's hesitation, I answer, "No, this is my play! I have so much fun at VBS!"
And, I do! Even though this summer's session has just ended, I'm already looking forward to next year. What joy it is to share God's love with His beautiful, amazing children!
Have you ever volunteered to help at a Vacation Bible School? What was your experience like?
As you scroll through these photos taken by Pastor Emily, will you say a prayer over each person you see? They are, after all, your neighbors!
Love and blessings to these little ones and to you all!