Saturday, June 21, 2008

It's Round Up Time

And I ain't talkin' bout the weed killer! Summertime means Vacation Bible School! My husband is a children's pastor and we actually started looking at VBS curriculums way back in January to prepare for this upcoming week. We found NOTHING because we're kind of picky like that. We hate cheesy cookie cutter curriculums that take all the creativity out of the hands of the leaders and well, we just pretty much think VBS curriculums stink for the most part. SO...we got this crazy idea to take apart our kidzchurch curriculum which is like the Lexus of curriculums and adapt it to work for VBS. And once you drive a Lexus, you don't want no Kia, if you know what I mean! We do a different theme every 8 weeks as it is, so we're just taking one of the 8 week units that we never got to last year and we're making it work for VBS. It's called "On the Trail" and it's a Western Theme. Our church back in Dallas, Fellowship Church, created the curriculum we use and it's WAY cool! Better than anything else out there. So this week is the big week! We have a group of about 75 STELLAR volunteers this year, more than twice what we had last year! And most of them have never volunteered for anything in children's ministry before which I'm so excited about...fresh blood...Mwa haha! (I'm kidding. Sort of.) And God is so good. Every time someone backs out on me at the last minute, someone else steps up to volunteer. Which tells me that God is gonna BRING IT if you know what I mean. I do believe that He only brings us what we are staffed to handle and since we are doubly staffed compared to last year...Hmmmm. I think He has BIG things in store this week! Don't misunderstand me, this is not about mere numbers. It's about reaching the largest number of families in our community possible! And when kids actually WANT to come to church, they bring their parents. So when you touch the life of a child, you're potentially touching the life of that entire family. My husband is a bit panicked because we've done all this work, but we couldn't do a big community wide mail out of the flyers. We ran out of time and money. And I keep telling him, "Honey, honey, relax. It's not really about what we DO or how much we spend, it's about what is in our hearts. If God knows our heart is right, our motives are pure, and that we are doing this all for Him, he's gonna BRING THE CHILDREN, some how some way, He will do that part! He will get them here. We just need to concentrate on being prepared to handle them once they get here!" Last year, we had over 400 different children on our campus throughout the week. This year??? Who knows what God has in store! What a fun (and exhausting) week this will be! Pray for us!!!

6 comments:

laytonfamily said...

I will be praying, and you're so right - He will bring 'em! Sounds like fun!! And that you're doing so completely different than other churches! I'll be praying for your flesh blood too as that was me this year! (knees knocking biting fingernails).

circus of love said...

We can't wait!!! It will be sooooo fun to see our hubbies up there on stage together!!!

Ashley said...

I wish we were down in Florida so my kids could attend your VBS! Sounds like it's going to be fun!

Rhonda said...

aaah... I can't wait to hear updates and reports. I will be fervently praying!

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

The last few weeks have been nutty. But the last few days have been almost more than I can bear, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Mommy, PLEASE come clean my house, do my laundry, cook me some healthy food, and give my kids and my pets some love and attention! Everything and everyone in this house has been so terribly neglected.

kristi (mom2iande) said...

That is great.....tell us more!