Surf Shack VBC – Friday

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The report from day 5, the last day of our time together with 145 surfers at the Surf Shack — Vacation Bible Camp at FUMC, where we have been…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love!

(Check out all of our Surf Shack VBC posts with slideshows (scroll down to view each individual day.)

Our day started at Tidal Tunes with singing, of course! (I’m going to miss this!) But you know what? Your child can once again be up-front this coming Sunday as we’ll be singing our favorite song (Shine Bright) in the church service at FUMC. Put on your VBC t-shirt and please do join us at 9:30!

Skippy and Snappy, were curious this morning. They wondered what strange breakfasts surfers had experienced in the past. It was fun to hear some of the responses. Snappy got a little nervous when one surfer said they’d had crab for breakfast!

crabs for breakfast

Skipper was asking questions about our morning meal because today’s Bible story was about a breakfast on a beach. You can read our story in the Bible at John 21:1-17. Our story includes an amazing fishing incident where, after many fruitless tries to catch fish, Jesus’ disciples listen to Jesus as he urges them to “try again.” At that, the disciples catch an abundance of fish! They then join Jesus for breakfast on the beach. Afterwards Jesus sends them into the world to tell the Good News about Jesus’ love.

That ties right into our Wave Words for the day…

God Sends!

There are lots of instances in the Bible where God reminds us that he wants us to go into the world. Listen to our Pop-Up Verse

Open quote markThen I heard the Lord’s voice saying, ‘Whom should I send, and who will go for us?’ I said, ‘I’m here; send me.’ (Isaiah 6:8)

I’m wondering if we will willingly join in and say, “I’m here. Send me!”

The Grad Group gathers up all of the cereal boxes to be counted.The Grad Group counted all of the donated cereal boxes and coins. The report: Boxes of cereal… 170 and for Camp Garjay in Liberia… $500.64 (Double chill!) They delivered the last load to Bryant Community Center. After that, they had some outdoor group games at Burns Park. A very successful week of service for our Grad Group!

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Here’s a video from Wednesday of Go With the Flow.

If reading this in an email, you may need to watch the video at this link.

 
VBC for next year
 
And… Put these dates on your calendar now!
 
Thanks for sharing your kids with us. I hope to see you on Sunday!

 
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Interested in a little taste of VBC every week? Read about our awesome way of teaching kids all about our loving God. We’ll be starting up again on Sunday, September 11th.


Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos… special thanks to Tom Gardner for the videos and multitude of pictures every day, and to Beth, Melanie, Wendy, Juli, Mary, and Tori.

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Surf Shack VBC – Thursday

Surf Shack Vacation Bible Camp logoIt’s day 4 of our time together at the Surf Shack VBC (Vacation Bible Camp) at FUMC, where we have been…

Catching the wave of God’s amazing love!

(Check out all of our Surf Shack VBC posts. They are loaded with pictures!)

Snappy tried to stay low.We got right down to singing today at Tidal Tunes. We were amped! (Did you know that “amped” is surfer lingo for “really looking forward to a surf.”) It was a few minutes before we realized that Snappy was frightened! Snappy was afraid of the stormy weather we’d had! All of that thunder…

What do you do when you are afraid? How do you calm yourself down? You saw what Snappy did! He (she?) hid! I wonder if we heard some hints on other ways to deal with our fears, as we soon learned that…

God Calms!

That’s good to know isn’t it. Because sometimes I feel all confused inside, like my thoughts are jumbled and I’m headed for a shipwreck! It is good to be reminded that God can provide peace to any situation, and can calm our fears.

Over the course of the morning we heard about a Bible story where Jesus really calmed things down! He calmed the wild wind and waves! You can read this story in Luke 8:22-25.

Today’s Pop-Up Verse is a good one to put to memory.

Open quote markThe God of peace will be with you.   Philippians 4:9b

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What did we do today? At the bottom of this post, is a slideshow of photos with captions that tell the story of what your kids engaged in today.

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Continue the learning at home!

Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or wherever your family gets together:

  • When is a time when you faced a troubling situation. How did you handle it?
  • When the storm happened in our Bible story, Jesus was asleep in the boat! His disciples must have thought that Jesus didn’t care. Have you ever felt that way – wondering if God cares what is happening in you life? Our story shows us that God does care! Knowing that God cares about us gives us something we can do during a storm: trust in God.
  • Just because we believe in Jesus do you suppose that means that we’ll be less likely to have difficulties in our life? (Nope. Storms happen to us all.) Think about this: what do you suppose it would be like to go through a hard time if you didn’t believe in Jesus?
  • After Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples: “Where is your faith?” How would you describe your faith right now? Could you handle a frightening situation? (It is interesting to note that John Wesley often asked a similar question of his fellow Christians: “How goes it with your soul?”)

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Enjoy the slide show! (Start it by clicking the triangle button.) And, a blessing for your day…

May you trust in Jesus through storms in your lives!

~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team

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Photo credits:
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!

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