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Why We Love This Place Wednesday: Community Church Vacation Bible School

By Terra Avilla

Ahoy, parents! It’s that time of year again when our little kiddos trade in their video game controllers for Bible verses and parents get a few hours of blessed quiet. That’s right, folks – it’s Vacation Bible School week at Community Church, and this year, they have truly pulled out all the stops taking a deep dive with an “Under the Sea/Scuba” theme!

The sanctuary has been transformed into a ocean, complete with colorful coral reefs and vibrant sea creatures. So don’t be alarmed if you hear strange bubbling noises emanating from the church – it’s just Pastor Floyd practicing his scuba breathing for the daily skits. (I’m pretty sure he’s been binge-watching “Finding Nemo” for inspiration.)

Maybe you grew up, like me and had no idea about Vacation Bible School. That’s okay. It wasn’t until my adult years and having kids at church when I realized what a true treasure to our community it is.

VBS is a fun camp which provides an intensive period of biblical learning. I did the math and one week of camp totals about fifteen hours of discipleship in a single week. That’s basically the equivalent to approximately six months of regular Sunday school.

Additionally, VBS serves as an open invitation to those who might not otherwise step into a church to participate in this welcoming, family-friendly event (i.e. you don’t have to go to church to have your kiddos participate!)

And let’s not forget the lasting impact. Years from now, these kids will be teenagers or grown adults and suddenly have the urge to sing “This Little Light of Mine” at the top of their lungs. That’s the power of VBS memories.

There is just something so heartwarming about watching my girls in their blue VBS shirt amidst the sea of other little kids… being kids. Playing games, making friends, and learning about God. What a great gift this is to our community.

I could not write about VBS and not speak to the volunteers and church staff it requires to make this happen. A big round of applause for our VBS volunteers who’ve mastered the art of turning animal crackers, pretzels, and fruit snacks into biblical life lessons.

Who knew Noah’s Ark could look so delicious floating on blue Jell-O?

So, here’s to another successful year of Vacation Bible School at Community Church. Where else can you find such a perfect blend of spiritual growth, creative chaos, and the sweet, sweet sound of children belting out “Jesus Loves Me” at the top of their lungs? It is, and will forever be, one of the reasons I love where we live.

Jeremy Couso
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