The first words out of my 8 year old son’s mouth this morning were, “Mom, can we go to VBS right now? I LOVE it SO much!” Did I mention that it was 6:30 am? I reminded him that it was actually still a little early. “Let’s eat breakfast and get dressed first. We actually have a few hours before it starts,” I said.
You see, this is the first year my son has attended VBS. And honestly, it’s been 30+ years since I last attended one. While I grew up attending a Christian church and VBS, this has been the first year my family has been able to attend since settling into the East Mountain community.
And oh this VBS experience…it’s been such a fulfilling week! As a first time volunteer here are the key takeaways I have witnessed so far:
- This week will make a significant impact on these children’s future. Memories will be made and believers will be strengthened or even created. When you consider that 43% of Americans who commit to Christ do so before the age of 13 and 64% of born again Christians do so before their 18th birthday, you realize that MCC’s investment in VBS has a direct impact on children and our future.
- Volunteering for VBS has provided me with the opportunity to connect with others in the church. I have spent more time connecting with other Men and Women of Christ, building relationships and witnessing servant leadership this week than I have in years!
- Volunteering for VBS is good for the mind and body. Giving my time to these kids has been an incredibly rewarding experience and now that I’ve gotten a taste of it I want to do it even more. The bible says that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and that principle is especially true as we volunteer for VBS.
- VBS impacts the community. MCC’s VBS has the opportunity to impact our community by setting an example of organized and safe fun for kids. But much more than that, while we invite children to attend, the less visible impact is on families of these kids. Some kids who attend VBS don’t belong to a church and this is an opportunity to expose these children and their families to the gospel.
So, as I anticipate my son waking tomorrow with the same request, I am thankful for the members of MCC and ‘I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4
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!