Two of Casa Caro’s current inhabitants recently experienced a Vacation Bible School that missed every box on the “how to run a solid VBS” check list. Small churches, you can do better than this! (and don’t worry – this church won’t see this post. Trust me.)
-Permission slip for parents to sign? Nope.
-Medical info on each child? Nope x 2 (and one of mine is a diabetic).
-VBS info on their church website? Last update was 2012
-Theme from one of the major publisher’s? R u kidding me?
-Songs learned? Hallelu/Praise ye the Lord, The Lord said to Noah, I’ve got the Joy, Rock/Sand song-circa 1960.
-Opening worship? In sanctuary where they all had to file in one by one in total silence.
-End of the day release? Open the doors and let them run out.
-Follow up? How could they – they never took names or addresses in the first place.
…and yet my two loved it! Couldn’t wait to get up to go each day (and these are kids that only experience “church” at my house). Climbed into the car SO excited to tell me what they learned, ate, did. They felt loved and accepted. They begged me to come the last day to hear their songs.
Later that final afternoon, the 6-year old was sitting on the bench in our front yard.”What are you doing?” I asked. “God provides so I’m asking him for something I need.” “Did you learn that at VBS?” “Yes.” “What are you asking for?” “A kitten.” Yikes. That’s gonna be an interesting carry-on for the plane ride home.