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By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 21, 2018

VBS is like a mighty river and it’s headed straight for us…ready or not! This is “go time” for VBS preparation and we are getting ready to roll down the river at our Rolling River Rampage VBS. We selected the curriculum and recruited the teachers months ago but these two weeks before Vacation Bible School are the height of planning season. Each day is filled with a long to-do list of preparations that must be checked off before July 9 arrives.

We’re building a waterfall, constructing a mighty rolling river, making class signs, rehearsing skits, and gathering rafts, kayaks, inner tubes, and camping tents to transform our church into a river rafting adventure. As we count down the days to the beginning of this year’s VBS, we will wonder often if we have enough time to get it all done. And sometimes we might even wonder if all of the time and effort and planning and preparation are worth it.

But on Monday morning, July 9, when a crowd of excited and energetic preschoolers and children bounce and bob into the chapel…when we see the smiles on their faces and hear their laughter…when they begin to sing songs about God’s amazing love for us…when they learn to trust God’s awesome promises…it’s all worth it. The purpose behind the planning and preparation and the extra hours of work is all clear. We don’t do VBS to show off our decorating skills or craftiness. The fun theme and creative decorations are just ways to get children excited about learning about God’s love. The Bible stories, skits, crafts, and everything in between point to the truth of God’s love and God’s promise to be with us always, even when we pass through rough waters.

So bring your children, grandchildren, or neighbor’s children to Rolling River Rampage VBS on July 9 - 13. They’ll discover more than just a fun time on a river rafting adventure…they’ll discover that God’s presence with us is real and constant and that God’s love is personal just for them!