We had a fantastic week of VBS at our church last week for over 250 children in our community! A large percentage of these children do not regularly attend a church, so we were excited to get to serve families that we normally don't come into contact with. When family night rolled around on Friday night, we had over 500 people! To put that in perspective, on a regular Sunday at our church we normally have somewhere around 225 people.
I had the privilege of teaching the 5-year-old class, along with a couple of other great ladies in our church. We had a lot of fun, but I have to admit, the teacher in me did come out a few times when I tried to get them to walk in a straight line or to be quiet when someone was talking! It may have been a year since I've taught school (and 4 years since I've taught elementary school), but old habits die hard!
Luke's job was to be on crisis/drama/discipline patrol the whole week and thankfully there really were no major situations to be dealt with! So he got to go around and help all of the classes as needed and just be an encouragement to all of the workers...well that, and patrol outside the bathrooms to make sure all the boys washed their hands!
While we don't officially do a VBS class for children under 2, we did have a class for babies of workers, so Anna Kate got to go each night with us. Even though she had to stay up past her bedtime 5 nights in a row, she had a blast! Her teachers truly treated her class of 3 little one-year-old girls as a real VBS class! She did a Bible story each night, complete with songs, activities, and crafts. Each day we would talk about what she learned the night before and then I would ask her if she wanted to go to VBS again and she would smile and nod and say "BBS!" Thank you so much Mrs. Summer, Mrs. Chris, and Susanmarie for loving on Anna Kate and teaching her about Jesus!
Here are a couple pictures I took at the end of the week of Anna Kate showing off all of her Bible verses and crafts. Our theme was The Big Apple Adventure so everything was decorated like New York City.
Anna Kate made this New York City skyline hat one night and kept asking to wear it constantly... She kept asking for her "Ha-ta". She enunciates the "t" so much that it's really like another syllable. Here she is first thing in the morning when she asked to wear it.
And again that night getting ready to go back!