Vacation Bible School
The first recorded Vacation Bible School can be traced back to Hopedale, Illinois in 1894. It enrolled forty students and lasted four weeks.
Most churches do not have four week-long camps anymore, but most offer 3 to 5-day camps all over the place to invite children to have fun learning about Jesus.
It usually consists of:
- Interactive up beat worship
- Creative Bible stories
- Arts and Crafts
- Many include science experiments
- High energy games
- Some wonderful (usually exceptionally sweet) snack
Integrated into all that activity, kids are learning about Jesus, hanging out with a bunch of kids their own ages, and some very invested adults that just love them and Jesus.
Now if this sounds like a commercial for VBS – well it is (see below), and it’s not!
Yes, it is that time of year where we are looking for VBS volunteers to commit to our summer programs, and for parents to put our VBS dates on the summer calendars, but it is so much more. Vacation Bible has had one of the best track records for reaching kids and their families for Christ.
The Southern Baptist convention reports that every year
- 2.7 million people enrolled in VBS
- 72, 925 faith decisions are made at VBS
- 56,386 people per year join Sunday school/small groups as a result of attending VBS.
VBS is a ministry designed to reach people of all ages, leading them to know and respond to Jesus Christ. It is one of the greatest evangelistic weeks in the life of the church, and it is so much fun!!!
As you look for summer fun and activities, think about the potential lifelong impact that a week of Vacation Bible School has. Look at those statistics again.
Vacation Bible School is still going strong. It provides an in your neighborhood camp experience that focuses on Jesus, and it is fun and impacting.
Join us at
Navarre United Methodist Church
9474 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, Florida 32566
VBS 2018 – Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus
June 26-29 (Tuesday – Friday) 9-11:30 am
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.