MY, HOW VACATION Bible School has changed.
Back in the day, I joined other children in a one-room school singing familiar hymns to the accompaniment of a foot-pumped organ.
Today’s kids gather in an expansive sanctuary, belting out catchy tunes written specifically for VBS. They mimic the hand, arm and other motions in a video airing on multiple screens.
Back in the day, I sat on the steep steps of a Lutheran church devouring my peanut butter and jelly sandwich wrapped in waxed paper.
Today’s kids delight in heart-shaped Jello served with fruit and whipped cream in individual servings delivered by volunteers in an air conditioned fellowship hall.
Back in the day I laid and glued toothpicks side by side on a cardboard cross cut-out.
Today’s kids adhere self-adhesive foam stickers to foam crosses.
Back in the day I dreaded the call of “Red Rover, Red Rover, please send Audrey right over!” as I ran and tried to bust through the brawny arms of strong farm boys, failing every time.
Today’s kids stand in a line passing a ball backward into paper cups in a game of teamwork.
Back in the day I listened as the pastor read a bible story.
Today’s kids listen to a retired Christian day school educator share a bible story in an interactive and memorable way.
Back in the day, I learned that Jesus loves me, that he is always with me.
Today’s kids learn that Jesus loves them, that he is always with them.
While times change, certain truths remain. Unchanged.
TELL ME: If you have stories about Vacation Bible School, past or present, I’d like to hear.
FYI: I volunteered this week as a crew leader at my church’s VBS. In past years, I’ve done the photography. But because of my shoulder injury, I didn’t have the stamina yet to shoot photos for two hours. And that’s OK. I loved working directly with the kids. Sometimes change is good.
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