This wasn't always the case for us as we usually hold VBS during the day when my husband is at work. However this year we held our VBS at night, so this allowed my husband to be involved too. Each night we served the kids dinner and set up inflatable bouncy houses for them to play on. It was my husband's job to help set them up and put them away. (You are welcome for volunteering you for that darling!) It sounds easy enough, but those things are actually pretty hefty and in 105 degree weather it's actually quite the job! My husband also stuck around to move tables or do whatever else was needed.
My job is usually teaching and helping with registration. This year we were blessed with a mission team from Enon Baptist Church in North Carolina who came to do the actual teaching jobs, so I simply accompanied the 3-4 grade class to all their activities and helped supervise. I loved working with the kids and helping with Gess' class. It was so much fun I felt like a kid myself half the time. I do have to admit though, I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of the week!
VBS has something for every age. We had classes for kids from birth to 8th grade. High school students are old enough to be helpers and of course adults help with teaching, decorating, crafts, recreation, snacks/meals, music, cleaning, registration, and many other unmentioned behind the scenes things that must be done. While those tasks may not all sound "fun," to me there is nothing better than serving others and teaching them about our Awesome God and his Amazing Power. Yep, that was our motto. Our theme was Amazing Wonders Aviation where we encountered God's awesome power.
Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite.Psalm 147:5 (HCSB)
VBS was one of my favorite childhood memories and now I can see that Gess feels the same. I made another slide show using the theme song for her. She generally plays this over and over again for a few weeks but will occasionally revisit it throughout the year. She still watches the one I made for VBS 2009 too. Here's some of the memories we made this year during Vacation Bible School.
Does your family get involved in VBS during the summer? What other fun things has your family been up to this summer? I am sure my other Schoolhouse Crew mates have been making some memories too. To see what they have been doing for some summer family fun hop on over to the Schoolhouse Blog Cruise.