What an AMAZING week it was at Northside's VBS this year! This was our first year running VBS at our new facility, so we were all holding our breath to see if it would all work out the way we had planned - and it did!!! We were blessed with AWESOME weather, amazing volunteers, and some fantastic kids (500 to be exact!!)!!! I was in charge of the music rotation again this year, and although some of the choreography (aka dancing!) knocked me flat out by the end of the days, it was a blast!!! David was around throughout the week to get some pictures for me since I was on stage most of the time! :)
Josiah's crew outside during the recreation rotation. Many of the games included water - good thing since it was near 100 most of the week!!
The rest of the pastoral staff in full costume for a skit during bible time (wonder why they didn't ask David....I think he conveniently was in the bathroom during that part of staff meeting or something!) :)
I suppose these pictures can serve as my belly shots for the week - this is how I spent 3 hours every day that week. Up on stage, dancing around like a crazy person! I'm pretty sure that Lifeway didn't envision a 33 week pregnant person doing all that choreography when they wrote the music!! :)
I had a teen help out for the week - Meredith - and she was AWESOME!!! :)
Wednesday was the day that the gospel message was clearly presented to the kids. Talk about AMAZING wonders!!! We had over 70 kids make first time decisions of faith, over 40 make recommittments, and over 20 take first steps towards God!! THIS is why we do it!! So thrilling to see and be a part of!
Two of my own VBS'ers :)
Our missions project for the week was collecting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Our children's pastor set a high goal this year of 300 shoeboxes for the week, and if the kids brought in that many, he and our youth pastor would dress up like ballerinas at the closing rally on the last day. Well, we did it! 312 boxes!!!
Children's Pastor - David Ford
Youth Pastor - Mike D'Attoma
What a week! Awesome to see kids get so excited about memorizing Scripture, singing songs of worship with Scripture and biblical truths in them, and learning about God's Awesome Power!! (Yes, I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the week - but it was SO worth it!)