I snapped a few pictures of our VBS classrooms last night. This year, we learned about a few of the miracles of Christ. The kids went to a different classroom each day where teachers were there welcoming us to Jerusalem, or Bethanny, or the Sea of Gallilee. I was working with Leah's class of first graders and they truly felt like they were entering into a new world! The pictures still don't do justice to how amazing each room was but you'll get an idea anyway.
This is Mary and Martha at Lazarus' tomb! We all know the story of Lazarus, but now the kids know about the tomb, that he really was dead for 4 days, that Jesus wept with his friends and that only Jesus could perform a miracle! Each room had outside sounds playing, birds, a beehive etc. It really felt like we were there! The kids also got to try wrapping the strips of cloth around each others' arms and legs as part of the lesson.
I appreciate so much all the gifts that were used to make this week special for our kids. We had over 160 volunteers teaching and feeding and cleaning and building and leading and music-ing and crafting and rec-timing for the kids. It's amazing how it all came together! I remember growing up that my favorite VBS memory was the tower of Babel out in the parking lot, because it was interactive, it made noise and we got to participate.
I know that these scenes will stick with our kids. I'm also confident that because of the way it was taught, they will also remember that these stories were about Jesus. He was a real man. He loved people. In His time, He healed people. Scripture provides witnesses for our poor faith. Powerful week for the kids...and for me and Ryan too!