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7 Unintended Discoveries of VBS

June 30, 2016
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We discovered more than the sea during this year’s Deep Sea Discovery.

Every year we look forward to sharing Bible stories with Vacation Bible School kids through crafts, science experiments, storytelling and music. Thanks to copious planning, attention to detail, and 65 committed youth and adult volunteers, VBS surpassed expectation, and we made several unintended discoveries…

Spray insulation can be made into underwater coral and paper lanterns make adorable fish.

While many faces were vaguely familiar at the start of VBS, by the end of the week everyone had made deeper connections and kids built friendships outside of their grade. Made comfortable by a week hanging around together, we saw 4th graders playing with 4 year-olds.

The registration crew now knows ALL the names and faces of kids, parents and friends.

Grandparents are great leaders! Whether leading story-time, organizing snacks, managing potty patrol, coordinating carpool or shepherding, grandparents made a major impact on the week’s success.

Adult volunteers use their gifts well. From spreadsheets to leading kids in opening ceremony, their gifts are wide ranging and amazing to watch in collaboration.

Our Youth are AWESOME! They treated the younger kids with such care and compassion, and became overnight role models. One youth was overheard talking with a first grader saying, ‘Yes, isn’t God amazing? He does so much but we can’t see him!”

Yancy and her songs and moves make our kids sing and dance, and it is a joy to watch.

Thank you to all who filled VBS with discovery, both underwater and unintended. We are grateful for your gifts and commitment, and look forward to next year.

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