We hope your children had a great experience at VBS 2018!
Wow! This week has been awesome! Thank you to all who have brought your kids to VBS!
Sunday, June 10th at 10:30 a.m. we will have family fun during and after our service. You will get to hear the kids sing and hear about what they have been learning!
After service we will go outside to play games including a new game called Smocket Relay! (Don’t know what Smocket is??? Ask your children ☺)
If you can join us come and wear your favorite sports team shirt!!
Here’s what we learned this week:
Game On! is so much more than a sports theme. It’s about meeting people where they are (whether they are fans, band members, athletes, or anywhere in between) and equipping them for life—the big game. There’s an emphasis on discovering who we are in Jesus Christ, trusting Him as Savior and Lord, celebrating our salvation, and turning to the ultimate playbook—God’s Word—for every answer. For VBS 2018, the emphasis on salvation starts on Day 1 and continues all the way to Day 5. This Bible content also contains a special focus on using the Bible to find comfort and direction. Read on to learn more!
DAY 1: Jesus Cares About Me
Bible Story: The Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
This passage will serve to establish who Jesus is. As a parable, it begins with the basic starting point of acknowledging Jesus as Teacher, but quickly moving along to reveal that Jesus is so much more! Through this Bible story, kids will discover that they are valuable and important to God. He loves them more than anything. He wants sinners to repent and be brought to Him. (NOTE: Salvation emphasis starts on Day 1.)
DAY 2: Jesus Gives Me Hope
Bible Story: The Resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)
This Bible story sets up who Jesus is, what He can do because He is God’s Son (raise the dead), and what He will do for us (die, then live again). This passage also emphasizes the hope we have that we will one day be resurrected to live forever with Him. (NOTE: Strong evangelistic emphasis again on Day 2.)
DAY 3: Jesus Helps Me Believe
Bible Story: Thomas Believed (John 20:19-31)
This passage is somewhat of a “Part 2” of the Day 2 Bible story. On Day 2 we saw Jesus foreshadow His coming resurrection and now on Day 3, He’s done it and we’re privy to the aftermath. Thomas believes immediately upon seeing the risen Christ. This is an eyewitness account/first person testimony … a strong apologetic. We can believe because of this. (NOTE: Day 3 contains another strong salvation emphasis.)
DAY 4: Jesus Loves Me
Bible Story: John Wrote About Jesus (John 13:1-35; 19:25-27; 20:1-10; 21:1-14)
John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Because he experienced Jesus’ love in such strong and personal ways, John was sensitive to those words and actions of Jesus that illustrated how the One who is love loved others. This Bible story will encapsulate the personal story of John’s relationship with Jesus through four key events. John was loved by Jesus, was witness to Jesus’ acts of love (great and small), and wrote about God’s great love for us in his books. Kids can come to recognize the immense love Jesus has for them through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand. (NOTE: Day 4 provides the perfect opportunity to issue a call to respond to the gospel.)
- Last supper (John 13:1,34-35)
- Crucifixion (John 19:25-27)
- Seeing the empty tomb (John 20:1-10)
- Recognizing Jesus on the seashore (John 21:1-14)
DAY 5: Jesus Gives Me Joy
Bible Story: Paul and Silas in Prison (Acts 16:23-34)
Joy is different than happiness. It transcends circumstances and it comes from a source that is separate from ourselves (God). Paul and Silas could experience joy in the midst of a dark jail cell because they were tapped into the Source of all joy … and their response to adversity was praising God. Kids will discover that regardless of their circumstances, they can praise God/Jesus and experience joy!
VBS Closing Celebration:
Family Fun Day be Sunday June 10th. More information will be given out to kids during VBS and posted on your FaceBook Event page.
Register to attend or volunteer at VBS 2018 by using this link!
Grace SBC VBS 2018 Registration