We spent (well, honestly, others spent) a great deal of time considering which curriculum would be the best for this year. We veered away from the Cokesbury cooking one. We've used the Cokesbury for several years now. There was some question about how excited kids would get about a cooking program.
I'm not gonna lie. I have that question every year. How can we get kids excited about [fill in the blank]? An outdoor adventure that's mostly indoors? A spaceship that never leaves the fellowship hall? Soaring in a balloon? It'll be a miracle if they can even stay awake, much less get excited!
But every year, the kids do wind up excited, and today I was reminded why that is. It's the volunteers. If the adult and youth helpers get excited, the kids will too (the opposite is also true but far less common around Decatur First!). Is it the right curriculum? Yes! If we believe in it, they'll believe in it.
At the end of the day, I am drained. I pour all I have into making the experience fun and uplifting for the kids. What makes our VBS special is that there are more than a hundred other folks who do exactly the same, emptying themselves on a daily basis so these kids will have a fun and meaningful experience. I am blessed to be a part of a church where so many care so much.