This week, Pastor John hands
Our 2017 VBS has been an absolute blast! This year’s theme is Galactic Starveyors. As Galactic Starveyors, our kids are searching the skies and God’s Word to uncover the truth etched in his handwork. The teaching is based upon Colossians 1:15-16: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” From these verses, we’re learning that God created everything there is—the knowable and unknowable, the visible and invisible, and he wants a relationship with us! From the very beginning, God had a plan to restore the relationship he knew we would break, by sending his Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.
This week has been filled with games, crafts, songs, and a great time building new relationships. We have had over 265 kids each night, many of whom do not attend Northpoint. As one of the teachers, I am encouraged to see all the new faces who have joined us this year. So great to be able to teach them about God being our Creator and Savior!
The kids have had the opportunity to raise money to help our missionary to Costa Rica, Peter Morris and his family, along with Packing Hope, a project they are involved with, that gets Bibles and Christian materials into the hands of local Costa Rican churches and pastors. Our kids have raised $288 so far, but the week isn’t over yet, so let’s see what they bring in the next couple of days!
There have also been a couple of other special treats for our kids. This year, we’ve been blessed to have our very own “Mr. Science,” Mark Newton, an NP attendee and former CNUSD science teacher, do some pretty hair-raising experiments each night, and the kids are absolutely loving it! Tonight, we are going to be joined by the Riverside Astronomical Society, who will set up some telescopes out on our lawn so we can do some actual stargazing of our own.
I want to thank all of the many people who have helped pull this all together. There are over 170 volunteers who are serving in so many different ways. I want to especially thank Jen Lemen, our VBS coordinator, and Terilyn Brown, our Children’s Ministry Director, for doing a truly out-of-this-world job at making VBS a great event for our kids and community.