July 16, 2019

Belonging with Purpose: VBS: To Mars and Beyond!

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

This Bible verse is what drove our VBS program forward this year. The idea that God’s love and power is limitless and is constantly at work within each of us is the point we tried to make clear to the children who participated in the St. Stephen’s 2019 VBS week. Through songs, games, crafts and conversation the children were reminded that we are Jesus’ hands and feet on earth – our kindness, helpfulness and compassion are what reflects our love for God out into the world. When most children think of summer they think of the beach, ice cream, playgrounds, and barbeques. For the children attending our VBS program (who visited from far and wide) we hope that summer also has come to mean Vacation Bible School. Each summer the theme changes, but the message remains the same. This year the theme was To Mars and Beyond – a fitting theme as we asked the kids to “Explore where God’s Power Can Take You!” During our week together, we celebrated God’s love in a way that is fun, loud and many times messy! The children practiced songs that they would later perform for friends and family at the end of the week, they glued, colored and painted crafts to remind them of God’s love, they played games that encouraged them to work together and make fun memories, and they watched videos that told stories of other children who needed God’s love at different times in their lives. By the end of the week, with the songs we learned forever fixed in our heads and the crafts tucked safely in bags to be brought home, the children were smiling so brightly as they came away with a new found understanding of how God’s love knows no bounds!

Sara Armstrong

Please join our VBS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StStephensVBS/) for updates, photos and videos from past VBS weeks. Thank you to the parishioners at St. Stephen’s, our wonderful VBS volunteers and parents for all your love and support!

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