At Hero Central Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at FUMC the week is flying past. But we’ve been learning plenty and…
Discovering Our Strength in God!
Here’s a slide show of photos from our most recent activities! You can visit other posts on our Hero Central VBC, to see more pictures.
Every morning, the first thing we do when we gather at Opening Assembly is to engage in some rowdy singing and dancing. Among the songs we’ve been singing are Leap of Faith and Everlasting God and Superheroes. Based on the level of participation I do believe that singing is the favorite activity of the day.
Each day during VBC we are learning a character quality that helps all of us be God’s heroes. Wednesday we learned that:
God’s Heroes Have Wisdom!
What was the Bible story that went with our day about wisdom? It was about an experience Jesus had as a young boy. Read about it in Luke 2:41-52. This was a time in Jesus’ life when he grew strong and wise. (Kind of like our kids are doing!) He was also growing in other ways: he was exploring his calling; he was delving into his spiritual self.
Do we allow our kids the chance to grow spiritually?.
Thursday’s hero character attribute was:
God’s Heroes Have Hope!
Our story from the Bible that illustrates this Hero Code is from The Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5. The Beatitudes tell us about God’s priorities: being humble and compassionate; working with our community to provide hope for others.
This year we have such a large Grad Group, that they have been able to divide (and conquer) lots of different service projects.
- Cleaning up the grounds around our Green Wood campus, and tending the veggie garden that is there. (Everything that comes out of this garden gets donated to the Food Gatherers Faith and Food program.)
- Help distribute food from the pantry at Bryant Community Center.
- Working with young kids during academic rotations at one of Community Action Network (CAN)’s summer camps.
- Making and delivering lots of healthy snacks for the CAN summer camps. These camps are designed to prevent summer loss of learning. Having great snacks to eat helps learning!
- Collecting, counting, and delivering our VBC service project items. Everyday at the closing time they report on our progress towards our goal.
Continue the learning at home!
Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table. (Or wherever your family is gathered together – perhaps in the car?)
- When we say God values wisdom, what is “wisdom”? What are some ways that we can grow in wisdom? (Jesus calls all of us to be his “disciples” – and what is a disciple but a student!)
- When was the last time you hoped for something? Did you have to wait for what you were hoping for? What are ways we can bring hope to others? How can bringing hope to someone else, end up blessing us?
- How can being kind (merciful) or working as a peace-maker bring hope? Which of the other Beatitudes can empower us to offer hope?
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team
Hero Central images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!