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VBS is not just for primary age children. There is truly something for all ages, and it can and should be a whole church event. It is easy to see elementary students in classes and adults as teachers, but what about everyone else? We’re looking into how toddlers, teens, and senior citizens fit into VBS.
Psalm 71:17–18 says,
O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come (emphasis ours).
How can senior citizens declare God’s strength to this generation through VBS? If they enjoy crafting, then working with children on crafts would be a good spot for them. Maybe there is an opportunity for them to share their wisdom during the Bible lesson.
Someone recently shared with us about her grandmother’s faithful service at VBS.
My grandmother faithfully served VBS children snacks every year for over a decade. Her love for the kids in VBS, enjoyment of preparing and serving snacks to them, and her willingness to tell them about Christ were a few of the ways that she declared God to the next generation.
If they are unable to come each night to VBS, seniors may be able to prepare an easy dinner for the workers and drop it by your church before VBS begins. Have a sign-up sheet available with suggestions on what to bring so that a variety of seniors can participate.
The ministry of VBS encompasses all ages—children, parents, toddlers, teens, and seniors. Encourage everyone in your congregation, regardless of their age, to consider helping out in some way and to bring children that they might know God and grow closer to Him.
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