I just got a happy phone call from the elder in charge of Vacation Bible School. This year we opted to consolidate everything into one-day, so our entire VBS will be held tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 to 5. This is the first time we’ve used this model, and as of last Sunday there were only two kids registered. Morale was low, and there was some talk of canceling.
But after a push from people who care, the registration is now up to 16. Suddenly, all the effort to create “Beach Party: Surfin’ Through the Scriptures” makes more sense. (We’re talking about tiki torches, grass skirts, and treasure buried in sand — and that’s not mentioning the beautiful backdrops to all of this.)
On Sunday I’m preaching about some parables of Jesus. In two of them, small things become large. Jesus says, the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that becomes a 14-foot bush and provides a feast for the birds. Jesus says, the Kingdom of God is like a bit of leaven that makes a batch of bread rise.
I believe Jesus would also say: the Kingdom of God is like a Presbyterian elder who had never taught children in his life, but who gathered lots of helpers and used recycled curriculum and cardboard props to fill the hearts of children with the love of Jesus.
I love being part of the miracle that is a small church that does big things.