I remember having a conversation with Pastor Frank in April. I predicted that the Pandemic would be over by beginning of June and the first big event that would bring MCC together would be VBS in mid-July.
(waiting for the laughing to stop…. waiting)
I was so wrong. And so right.
We considered not having VBS. But God is bigger than man’s reasoning. And He thrives in the areas where we want to give up. It is in those areas that we are most transformed. It is in those areas that He is most glorified.
How were the kids transformed? It starts with the Life Application of the FOCUS curriculum:
Faith is ‘Trusting in what you can't see because of what you can see’. These are the daily lessons:
- Focus on what you can SEE (God shows himself in His Creation)
- You can HEAR from God
- You can TALK to others about what you believe.
- You can PRAY anywhere, anytime, about anything.
- And, you can LIVE for God by loving others.
These lessons were reinforced by the daily videos, lessons, songs, crafts and small group discussions. Parents had cue cards to lead family discussion. The participants were challenged daily to create Flip Grid videos for each other, answering daily questions, or sending messages to India.
Kids were also transformed through mission lessons about Genesis of Hope, and the people of India. Through the efforts of Emily Gray and Donna Cura, the kids learned a ton about India, had someone in India they could pray for by name and photo, and developed a heart for our friends in India. They also sent messages to a classroom of kids in India, two who participated in VBS. (That would not have been possible in previous years!)
How was our body and community transformed? God led 67 volunteers to be creative, to take chances on new ideas, to trust Him, to be fun, and He rewarded their faithfulness. Families participated together in watching the videos, creating Flip grid videos, creating crafts, and responding to other families. We learned that we could work together, even if we were socially distant. Many volunteers had new, challenging, even uncomfortable roles, and were fabulous. They were able to witness God at work in our community.
How was God glorified? He was glorified by the volunteers, who exemplified the last lesson: They showed that they LIVE for God by loving others. The kids and their families saw that. They saw the smiling faces waving signs when the picked up their supplies. They saw that love when the dance team was made up of people they know and recognize. They heard it in the sound effects on the videos. The kids, their families, our body and our community saw people loving others in new ways, because it was the way to show that love right now.
Today is the last day for most of the 71 participants. "Most" because some families are doing it at their own pace, and will finish in a week or two. This flexibility has not been possible in the past. "Most" because we have two participants in India and they are on a different time schedule there.
What will God do with this transformation? How will He use this virtual VBS to further the Kingdom, to spread the Gospel? What will He do with all that we have learned?
I can’t wait to find out!
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!