Vacation Bible School
VBS Week is a FUN week and a busy week. Nearly 200 children came to Cross this week to learn about God and His love. This year the VBS material was especially focused on how we can live out that love God gives to us by loving other people. Each day was a different way to share the same love to people in different circumstances.
Axl the Axolotls helped people learn how to love people who might feel left out because they can’t do the things you can do. Axl is a rare salamander found only in one remote place in the world. He taught us that even when you feel left out, Jesus loves you!
Fern the Leafy Sea Dragon helped us learn how to love people who are different. Fern is a Sea Horse but looks like seaweed and is often teased for looking different even though he is the same inside! He taught us that even though you’re different, Jesus loves you!
– Milton the Star-nosed Mole helped us learn how to love people we don’t understand. Even though we might try to learn about others sometimes they live and act differently than us. Sometimes we feel like we are in the dark while the world passes us by. Milton taught us that when life seems dark and hard to understand, Jesus loves you!
Shred the Tenric (like a porcupine) helped us learn how to love people that hurt us. This is a great way to remember our own sin and the forgiveness God offers us and to encourage us to forgive one another so His will can be done! Even though you do wrong, Jesus loves you!
Iggy the Frilled Lizard looks normal until he gets scared. His “frill” freaks out and can cause us to be scared, too! Iggy helped us learn how to love people who are scared and acting in fear, even when we are scared ourselves. Even when you are afraid, Jesus loves you!
“Jesus loves you” is such a simple phrase, and we often think of it as a simple thing. “Yes, Jesus loves me, but His love doesn’t…” The truth is Jesus’ love covers over everything: our fear, our finances, our future, our friendships, our faith. There is nothing that we face that Jesus and His live-saving love hasn’t conquered. Love is not simple; it is a powerful gift given to us so we may know the Creator of Heaven and Earth. By loving one another, the world can know Him through us!
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss