Kids Learn & Do at VBS
How I live my life at CHURCH can show other’s God’s great love for them. That’s the main theme of today’s teaching. God wants us to PRAY and SERVE.
Life is a struggle in Haiti. Nothing is easy. For many, simply finding food is a daily challenge. For Haitian Christians, it’s their faith that gets them through. They trust that God will provide and that He will see them through the night to live another day.
Today, we talked about faith and trusting in a God we cannot see. We learned how to pray, using the acronym PRAY to remind us to Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield. We turned to multiple Bible verses to see what God says about praying for others, not just ourselves.
We talked about serving in addition to praying, because God asks us to love others, just as He loves us. Serving others is a great way to show others God’s love.
Today, each child made a prayer box to take home after VBS. Here, they can give their prayers to God. “When your heart starts to worry, and your mind just can’t rest, put your prayers down on paper and let God do the rest.”
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Today's Bible Verses
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 (NLT)
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Parents Learn & Do Too
Everyone can give…if not financially, then of their time and talent. The Haiti Ministry is looking for passionate volunteers who want to make a difference.
Questions to Ask Your Kids
1. What did you learn today about prayer?
2. Who or how can you continue to serve others this summer?
VBS Fundraising Goal
Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 to help build Sam’s school. We’ll be putting this money directly toward the construction of three (3) kindergarten classrooms and one (1) playground.
On our School page, you can read a summary of the project, as well as download a copy of the comprehensive Haiti School Strategic Plan and Haiti School Budget, which details exactly how much it will cost to build the school and operate it for one (1) year.
Cell Phone & Toiletries Collection
At Pastor Samuel’s request, we’re collecting gently used cell phones and toiletries this year to take to our friends in Haiti in August.
Cell Phones: Must be sim-card compatible. These phones will be distributed to people who lost their phones to the rain or tidal surge during Hurricane Matthew.
Toiletries: We’re requesting different toiletries from each of the grades at VBS so that we get an even mix of items. Please send only personal-sized items. We cannot transport family-sized or bulk items.
Kindergarten & Preschool – hair accessories (barrettes, headbands, ponytail holders, etc.)
1st Grade – bar soap & lotion
2nd Grade – toothbrush & toothpaste
3rd Grade – fine-toothed combs & picks (for african hair)
4th Grade – compact mirror (e.g. “clamshell” that folds and goes in your purse)
5th Grade – antiperspirant / deodorant (men & women)
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