Families of Faith VBS
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Welcome to VBS!
Even though we can’t do Vacation
Bible School (VBS) in person this year, we hope
and pray that this will be a joyful time for your family to
grow and learn together. This may actually be a blessing in
disguise. Christian education shouldn’t just happen at
church. Families are where faith is formed. Hopefully by
doing these studies and activities together each day, you
can start or expand your family devotion time. Set aside a
regular time each day, and remember to include the whole
family (dads, too!).
Since you’ll be doing these lessons together as a family, it
made sense for us to go with a theme that has to do with
family life. Our Bible readings will cover a variety of
topics including marriage, parenting, and sibling
relationships. Family life can be complicated, and the goal
of this study is not to compare your family to some sort of
“perfect family.” The family we’ll be learning about this
week is certainly not perfect! But we will see how God can
work even through imperfect families like ours to show us
His love and forgiveness.
Each day we work our way through the story of Isaac and
Rebekah and their twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Readings are
provided from the English Standard Version of the Bible.
Some of these are longer stories, and you may wish to ask
older children to help with the readings. For younger
children, page numbers are provided for The Story Bible (CPH,
2011). If you need a copy of The Story Bible, it may be
purchased at www.cph.org for around $20:
We also have a few extra copies here at church.
Work on learning these texts by heart (adults, too!).
Younger children should be able to at least learn the text
of the commandments, while older children can also work on
learning the explanations.
A simple prayer is included for each day, along with the
Lord’s Prayer and Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers.
Please add to these prayers any specific needs or
thanksgivings for your family and loved ones.
This year, our theme song for VBS is “Oh Blest the House” (LSB
862). If you don’t know this hymn, there are YouTube
versions available, including here.
Crafts and Activities:
Following each lesson, there are opportunities for further
interaction with the story. Try to pick at least one of
these projects to work on together as a family. You can also
use Google and Pinterest to find more options, if you are
looking for ideas. There are also some coloring pages
included at the end of the packet.
Please let us know how this is working
for your family. Check in with us at church or send us an
email at the link below. We hope that these lessons serve you well, and we
look forward for gathering in person again for VBS in 2022.
Pastor Mark Birkholz