Monday, June 15, 2009

VBS - Day 1

Today was our first day of VBS. It went really good and lots of children came which almost surprised us with three other VBS's this week in our small town. We even prayed for the other churches so hopefully they had a good day as well. Our theme this year is "The Great American Character Hunt". We're doing lessons on Compassion, Truthfulness, Boldness, and Diligence with Bible verses and Bible stories and songs to teach the lessons. We're using a patriotic theme and a few lessons on how God has blessed our country because people honored God. Amos did a presentation on George Washington.
Mrs. J with her Civil War dress on did a portrayal of Clara Barton. I'm always amazed at how quickly the children learn Bible verses. It seems like adults have to work ten times as hard to learn a verse as a five year old. That's one reason it's so important to have the children hide God's Word in their hearts when their young. I find the verses I learned as a girl are always with me whereas the ones I've learned in adulthood disappear and need to be relearned.

The older children are making matchstick crosses this year. Today they lined them up in rows and by lighting the end match, the flame quickly travels down the row and there you have your burned end matches ready to be glued tomorrow. The younger children made "Jesus in My Heart" wooden puzzles that my dad made for us. They are really cute heart shapes with the letters J_E_S_U_S inside of the puzzle. I guess they didn't really make them since my dad did that but rather they painted them, quite colorfully!!

We try to do a theme skit each year and this year it's a mystery skit. Arthur makes a wonderful Uncle Sam, don't you think? Priscilla was Liberty Ann and Silas was Justus Forall. Hosanna played the mother and Naomi played Scardy Cat. I guess listening to barn cats all those years made her more realistic as she meowed while she talked!! We had a few others in the skit as well, like Amos as Sherlock and Isaac as a Amelia Bedelia type Watson. Ah, the fun you can have when you work with children!!

Saturday was the J. family's last night to each at our house before moving into their own house. We had a cookout and the kids went for horse rides. Isn't Ethan a cute cowboy!

Jessica held Micah so he could ride too.

The iris' are blooming and so pretty. We did get frost Saturday night as well only not quite as bad as earlier. It was warm today though with the temp getting up to 83.


  1. Wow, I wish I could be there this week...I miss VBS. :( LOL, you stole Mom's names!!! :) I think they were planning to name this baby Justice if it was a boy, but since it's a girl they don't know what they'll name her. Anyway, it looks like you had a great first day!! I'll be thinking of and praying for you all this week...go get 'em! ;) Love you all!!

  2. I wish i could be there!! your VBS's are always so much fun and always rewarding!! I hope everything goes well!

  3. haha, sounds fun!
    We made matchstick crosses at my churches VBS about three years ago.....they were so pretty!:)


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