Welcome to Hero Central Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC where we are…
Discovering Our Strength in God!
Yes, we are ALL heroes; we’re God’s heroes! That is why we are gathering at Hero Central.
Here’s a slide show of photos from our activities! Have your kids tell you more about what they did by sitting down together to watch. You can pause it or go backwards or forwards, if you want to.
Come back to visit, as more photos will be added as we engage in more activity!
And here’s a quick video:
If reading this in an email, you may need to watch the video at this link.
On the first day (Monday) we met our leader for the week, Captain Shield, who has piano-playing super powers!
Most super heroes have a sidekick — Batman has Robin! Well, we have one too and her name is Flame.
Flame is a Red Panda, which means with her masked face, she comes already dressed as a super hero.
Captain Shield and Flame will navigate us through our week together, as we discover our strength in God!
We learned that every superhero has special words — a motto, or a call to action. Ours is a Bible verse:
Do good! Seek peace and go after it! Psalm 34:14b
Great words to live by. Ask your child to show you the hand-motions that go with this Bible verse.
Each day during VBC we are learning a different way in which we are truly heroes for God. Monday we learned that:
God’s Heroes Have Heart!
But wait a minute, doesn’t everybody have a heart?
Yes, everyone does have a “heart” in the pumping-your-blood sort of way. But when we say: “God’s heroes have heart,” we are describing the good character qualities they possess; the hidden-inside-you traits. God wants us to look beyond exterior appearances and see the hero inside of other people! Our Bible story for today taught us this; it’s found in 1 Samuel 16:1-12. God choose the next king of Israel – what a surprise choice! A mere shepherd boy as king? God saw what a big heart young David had for God.
How can we combat our culture where the focus is on “appearances”?
Try teaching your child to look inside.
After our opening time of music, preschoolers go off to their stations…
And elementary kids go to their stations (and in-between, on the first few days, they posed for crew photos).
Our “older” elementary kids in our Grad Group are working every day this week on various service projects – both local and global. After some ice breaker games, today they learned more about these projects: a camp for kids in Liberia, and projects at Community Action Network (CAN), including making snack mix for CAN’s summer camp for kids.
They are going to be reporting on our collection progress. Let’s bring them something to count!
Continue the learning at home!
Your kids will enjoy telling you about their day if you ask open-ended questions. Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or in the family vehicle, or wherever:
- Regarding our story on God choosing David as king… Have you ever been fooled by looking only at the outside of something and found out it wasn’t quite what you expected? Tell about it. (Ever opened a rotten egg?)
- Why do you suppose God choose David (the youngest son of Jesse) to be the next king? (Need the answer?)
- God doesn’t look at outside qualities — muscles or money — he looks at our inside, at our heart. Talk about the meaning of this type of “heart.” (The Bible uses “heart” meaning our inner thoughts and feelings; the part of us where we wrestle with life, where we check it out inside.)
- God values a kind and caring heart. (God’s Heroes Have Heart!) What kind, caring behavior have you noticed in others? What can we do to grow our hearts to be heroes for God — to be more kind and caring?
- God sees other valuable traits in each one of us. Name some heart qualities you see in other family members. Name at least one heart quality you see in yourself.
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team
Hero Central images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Video created by Jeff Wason. Music by one of our grad group members!
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!