5 thoughts on “VBS Week

  1. I taught it in 97, and it was pretty cool. It has also brought people into my home congregation who were trying to find a way to go to church. It can be a good ice breaker.
    Of course there are those who can corrupt anything.


  2. I loved VBS as a kid! What fun to sing songs and learn about Jesus! One of my favorite memories was when I taught 3 year olds when I was in high school and we had some crazy farm theme to the VBS. Don’t ask me???!!! Anyway, a sweet lady from the church donated a class pet for my students for the week-a baby pig. Now, do I know what to do with infant swine? Nope, but I made it work! And, it was pretty funny to watch 3 year olds interact with a piglet.

  3. My favorite experience was walking in to the sanctuary the Sunday before VBS opened, only to find 30 blow up monkies hanging from vines that were strung up on the lights.

    But on a more serious, less cynical note: I enjoy VBS, particularly CPH materials, even though they may be mighty hokey, they usually stick to the Gospel. But, what I’ve learned over the last few years is that parents are less interested in VBS and more interested in free childcare. Sending your child to the 4th VBS week in a row is a bit much eh? Going back to St. Timothy’s comment on confirmation, maybe there could be some revision on VBS in incorporating it into a family affair.

  4. My best VBS recollections are ages ago. Waaay back when I was a lad, and mom and grandmom participated as teachers.

  5. I’ve seen more than enough of the kind of things Ben describes than I care to, and I’m generally offended that we think so little of our “santuaries.”

    I also am sad that rather than teach the hymns of the faith or the liturgy to our kids, (which they will love IF we teach it to them,) we instead think that we need a more charismatic (“dynamic” – “fun”) approach. To me, it’s just one more way we as a culture have decided to be prejudiced against the young (they’re not smart enough for liturgy,) not to mention abandoning our parental roles in “passing” on the past to the generations of the future.

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