Welcome to VBC – all of the campers had a wonderful and wonder-filled day today! Our theme today sets the tone for the entire week – Jesus surprises us in so many ways! The story woven throughout today’s activities is the story of Jesus in the Temple at age 12 (Luke 2:42-52), the only Bible story about Jesus as a boy. When Jesus and his family made their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Passover, they joined hundreds of others who made the same journey. When the Passover feasting came to a close and it was time to return home, large groups traveled together. At the end of the first day of travel, Jesus’ parents Mary and Joseph began to look for Jesus, but they could not find him among all of the travelers. They returned to Jerusalem and for three days they searched everywhere for Jesus. Finally they found him in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking questions. Everyone was amazed at his understanding. When Mary and Joseph found Jesus they were greatly relieved and at the same time, quite upset! “How could you do this?” his mother asked. But Jesus was surprised too – surprised that his parents didn’t know he would be in his Father’s house. Jesus went home with his parents, and Mary his mother, though she didn’t understand, treasured the experience in her heart – she knew it was very special. In chapel we talked about times when we’ve felt lost, about the fact that children have things to teach grown-ups (“We can help them remember what it’s like to be a child!”), about the fact that asking questions is a very good idea. The older children wrote questions for God on slips of paper and put them in a special box to talk about tomorrow. God loves all of us and welcomes all of our questions!
In the Crafts Station, the campers made traveling sacks to carry all of their crafts in. Campers played games in the park and sang for the pure joy of it. And in the outreach station, the campers made sandwiches, packed up fruit, chips and cookies and filled beautifully decorated lunch sacks for the homeless people living at Tent City. Many of you also brought school supplies for the children of La Iglesia de la Resurrección in Skagit Valley. Thank you!! We will be collecting school supplies all week.
Vacation Bible Camp is a special time of the year at St. Thomas and we always look forward to the sounds of joy coming from all corners of our campus!