Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Take a look at this classroom in our church. Monday it was all laid out for the children who would be coming to Vacation Bible School. Each student’s workbook, along with a Bible for reference, laid before each chair, and crayons for making their stories personal. Don’t you appreciate teachers that prepares for their students?
Teachers gave attention to details when decorating, adding these tiny stickers to the door. We know they catch the children’s attention and they’ll show them to each other: “See the rocket!” “Look, there’s a star!” A lot of time and effort goes into preparing for and presenting summer’s Bible School.
The theme, planning and largest decorations came from our Youth Director. The children get to walk through the door of a space shuttle to enter the auditorium. The skits include astronauts, robots and aliens! Talk about excitement!
Many arrive in our church vans, thanks to the dedication of drivers who make visits weeks in advance. And, let me digress a bit – see that covered walkway between the buildings? My Beloved Husband designed and built that with our children’s help. The congregation works hard making the church attractive and welcoming. Recent remodeling was completed just the week before VBS started. We love making our church home comfortable for visitors.
But we never lose sight of the main purpose – introducing children to Bible study and the gospel of Jesus Christ, who lived, died and rose again to show God’s love for His creation.
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7 KJV)
Jesus reaffirmed this commandment. In temptation, He provided our reason for worship:
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:35-40 KJV)
The Bible tells us these teachers are doing great work:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19 KJV)
May you do great work also!!