Through July 16-19, 2012 Laurel UMC was filled with kiddos and bouncing with activity. Our 2012 VBS program was Operation Overboard: Dare to Dive Deep with God!, and it was outstanding. Perhaps one of the best we've done since I became the Christian Ed. Director.
One of the things that helped us to fully appreciate the awesomeness of the program was our new video and sound system that is approaching its first birthday. I cannot tell you how much fun it was to have the music videos playing as the kids arrived and to watch them get their grooves on from the word go. (And let me tell you, our sanctuary was pounding!) The kids LOVED it!
Our Bible storytellers really took things to the next level and had the kids in stitches while also embarking on some valuable learning. Crafts are always a fan favorite with the kiddos, and they did not disappoint this year. The weather wasn't totally working with our plans for outdoor recreation the first two days of VBS, but our ever adaptable leaders made it work inside. Again, the kids had a blast!
This year, thanks to some wonderful cash donations, we were able to add in daily drawings for "Diver of the Day," which ended with a Diver(s) of the Day extravaganza on Thursday. Needless to say, the kids loved that. (Who doesn't love to win things?)
In addition to that wonderful goodness, the kids were also blessed with handmade backpacks at the start of the week to hold all of their various goodies, thanks to some utterly fabulous ladies (and one gentleman) of our church. The kids adored these backpacks, and there was such a fun variety of colors and patterns for them to choose from. As an added bonus, we'll be taking the extras and turning them into a mission project once Sunday School begins.
Finally, the kids closed out the week by getting to choose a pool noodle to take home with them. That was thanks to one very generous family and our Youth Group.
It really and truly was an incredible week of fun and fellowship. With that, here are some thank yous that absolutely must be made:
First on the list are all of the individuals who provided much-needed items for VBS: from decorations to snacks to literally everything we asked for help with. Our VBS program couldn't go on without your support, thank you! Next come our incredible, amazing - complete-and-utter-blessings - Volunteers. Every year you ride the (exhausting, yet awesome) wave that is VBS, and again, without you VBS would not be possible. Finally, our beautiful kiddos and families. Thank you parents for sharing your children with us, and thank you kids for coming and making every second of preparation and hard work worth it. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
We'll close things out with our 2012 VBS stats:
Monday's Attendance: 39 Divers (kids), 23 Volunteers
Tuesday's Attendance: 40 Divers, 25 Volunteers
Wednesday's Attendance: 40 Divers, 28 Volunteers
Thursday's Attendance: 40 Divers, 26 Volunteers
A message from Yellowstone Conference:
This year Luccock Park is offering Two-for-One scholarships to youth from any church who either:
1) Did not send any youth to camp at Luccock last year, or
2) Increases their youth participation at Luccock over last year
This means youth can bring a friend for free, or can pair up to cut the cost of camp in half. All you have to do is to register online and put "Two-for-One" in the last text box labeled Anything Else We Should Know.
I can say with all honesty that I would not be in ministry, nor likely in the church at all, if not for youth camping when I was younger. I can also say with all honesty that no one would have expected me to be the youth that ended up in ministry!
Please encourage your youth to attend. They will likely surprise you.
Registration and information here: http://yacumc.org/camps/campsessions/4
-Rev. Jeremy Scott
Luccock Board of Trustees, member
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