KIDS DISCOVERED AND SHARED JESUS' LOVE
Vacation Bible School 2022 Jerusalem Marketplace
By Madelyn Ivy
At the beginning of June, the Children and Family Ministry team hosted its annual Vacation Bible School program. Over 100 children got to travel back in time to explore Jerusalem Marketplace and discover what Jesus’ final week in the city was like.
Every day kicked off with a celebration of singing and dancing to some really catchy VBS songs! Different members of the clergy presented each day’s Bible story, guiding the children through the narratives of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday all the way to Easter morning. Throughout the week, the children learned more about ancient Jewish traditions and religious customs, including going to Synagogue School, wearing yarmulkes, and practicing writing letters of the Hebrew alphabet. They learned how to sing the VBS songs in sign language and visited different Marketplace “shops” where they got to create items that were similar to those that the Jewish people had in Bible-times, such as miniature harps, necklaces, and dreidels. And with help from some friendly animal Bible Buddies, the children discovered that, no matter what, they can always “Trust Jesus!”
As the children learned about Jesus’ love for them, they and their families had the opportunity to share this love by gathering specific items to help fill the summer pantry of North Dallas Shared Ministries. By the end of the week, VBS families had filled 86 bags of donations! Through the outpouring of generosity and the enormous help of volunteers, VBS is sure to have made memories that will last a lifetime.
**This article was written by Madelyn Ivy and was featured in the 2022 Fall Archangel.