Been reading the RevGalPals for quite some time, I decided to join in, even though I am not a computer person. Not sure how often I will have time to post.
While exiting the Small Village Pres church yesterday noonish, I got caught at one of two traffic lights in town, the one on the corner of SVPC.
Waiting patiently for the light to change, an SUV passed in front of me, followed by two buggys and horses. For a suburbanite (formerly of Chicago and Cleveland), it was quite a picture. What a juxtapostion of an SUV and two buggys.
Slowly gearing up for VBS in just two weeks. This year H's and mine run concurrently so I won't be able to be at his or he at mine. I will miss H's VBS as it was a time to be a pastor's wife, be with H's people and to be Lutheran for a bit. I will miss seeing the kids I've spent three years with in VBS and their moms and grandmas. It is always a hectic time with two VBS's to help with and to be present. Yet, it has always been a very satisfying and encouraging time. The year our VBS's were back to back was rather rough. By the end of mine at week two, I was more than ready for a spa day!
I enjoy VBS even though it makes for a very long day, even though this is the third year I am rewriting all the opening and closings which the pastor of the Church Diagonally Opposite ours (who are hosting it this year) again has left for me to do, even though I'm not a fan of Kool-Aid, even though I struggle along with some of the kids when making the crafts.
I enjoy being with the children, helping them explore the meaning of the Bible stories, singing (even though I can't really sing), and just being a bit silly (openings and closings). I enjoy their energy, their questions, the little ones who put their hand in mine as we walk to the next room and next activity. No words can describe when a child comes to trust you more and gets to know you better by the end of the week. That's what VBS is about - building relationships with the kids, with one another, with God.
I think pastors need some play time as well as the children or perhaps, a way and time to be playful at "work". VBS provides a great opportunity and outlet for that.
May everyone doing VBS find God's grace at present and at play with you.