Well, it is almost here. In a matter of a couple of days, “The Greatest Show in Heaven or on Earth” will be opening right here in our very own building.
I know that many times we are tempted to think that programs like Vacation Bible School and the like are “for the kids” and, thus, they have nothing for the “grown ups.”
While I suppose the focus of VBS is the kids that will attend, I think it is important that you understand that those kids that attend have parents. Many times the most effective way to reach a parent is through their children.
On Friday night of next week (July 24) we are going to have a program to close our VBS for 2015. Even if you do not attend any of the other evenings, I want to encourage you to come to that program.
That program is where we make contact with the other family members of the kids that attend: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
If only these “other” family members attend, they will leave the building knowing that their kids had a good time and that the kids will want to come back next year.
But if many of our church family is also here, they will see the way we support their children. You will have a chance to talk with them (some you may already know, others you’ll get to meet). You can deepen/develop your relationship with them. Then they will leave here saying “God is really among you!” (1 Corinthians 14:25)
In my experience, I have seen several families start attending services because of VBS. When they attended the closing program, they were invited back and came back. A few were even baptized as a result.
So come as many evenings as you can. Watch your preacher make a “fool” of himself. Take a genuine interest in the kids that attend. When you come on Friday night, greet those you know, meet those you do not know.
You never really know what the outcome will be, so come and plant the seed, water the seed, and allow God to make it grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).
I guess, what I’m trying to say is that VBS is not JUST for kids.