Yesterday marked the beginning of one of the favourite weeks in my year. We began our Adventure Camp at St. Giles Kingsway (it’s our VBS). This year, we are travelling around Australia with the Boomerang Express. All week, our kids are learning with Peter, that “it all comes back to Jesus”.
It is amazing how 53+ kids can bring such joy to an entire building. The halls are full of happy sounds, the grass on the field is flat from all the games that are being played. The auditorium has become a hall of creativity, and the walls are ringing with the sound of the songs being sung.
Our gatherings begin and end in the space where we hold “The Well” (check our http:\\www.drinklife.ca), each Sunday. It is so fantastic to look at the doorway as we end each day, and see the parents so happy to see their kids so engaged.
It is always a priviledge to see volunteers who are with us, because they desire to see the kids come to know Jesus in a very real way – no matter what job they do.
I love our team (although I always happy to have it expand). From Heather and her registration team, to Jan and Kay in the kitchen. Or Elizabeth and Barbie in crafts, Big Al and her gals on the field, and to top it all off – our teachers and helpers, none of this would happen without them. It makes my heart happy to see so many people at once pouring themselves into the kids.
Best of all, is the kids. We have more than I have ever had in my time at the church, and this year, we have families I have never met before. What an honour. That these families would choose to spend time with us, and to let us get to know their kids, and let us tell them about how much Jesus loves them.
This year, one of the new things I hope to share (and I’ll post it here too), is a follow up family engagement – all to help keep the concepts of week alive through the summer.
Right now – I’m tired, not as tired as I’ll be on Friday to be sure, but it’s a good tired. To be about God’s work is always a good and blessing filled thing…