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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

August 2, 2013

VBS’ED AND CONFUSED

A week of Vacation Bible School is an experience for everyone. I like it because I get extended time with the kids and their leaders every night for a week. But, what I’ve discovered is that I appreciate it for it’s “old-fashioned” context…that is…it is church kids with church adults interacting on Bible Stories, games, songs and crafts without video games and texting.

It is one-on-one, so to speak…kids with church.

Naturally the Bible Stories leaned on the Old Testament stories of heroes overcoming the odds and hearing the call of God in their lives. For the week, I used some picture Bibles for the lessons. Nancy Luikart and Pastor Lisa loaned me colorful picture books, and I employed whatever props and storytelling expertise I possessed.

I started to tell the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. (Try telling that Bible Story to your five year olds. And don’t forget that in order to cover up the crime, they told their father Jacob that Joseph had been killed by wild animals. Have a nice day.) Facing a group of five-year-olds with that story is daunting. Indeed, there is a good ending, in that Joseph rose to prominence in Egypt and became a good man and trusted advisor to the Pharoah and in the process saved his dastardly brothers and kind father from famine. But to get to the end of the story we have to go through the tough episodes with the brothers selling their little brother into slavery.

With that end in mind, I said to the five-year-olds, “I have an exciting story to tell you that has a very sad part at the beginning and then a wonderful ending.” One little girl shouted out to me, “Is this going to give me nightmares and keep me awake at night?!”

Each night, my part was the Bible story presented in the Parlor. On the third night the kids came down the hall and their adult leader told them to take their seats in the parlor and get ready for Mr. Bob. And immediately one kid shouts, “Do we have to listen to him AGAIN?!”

Sometimes the Bible School Stories were as good the Bible Stories.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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