July 12, 2018

Nicola Burke

Co-Chair, Vacation Bible School



When I think of heroism in God’s terms, I think of Romans 15:1-2: “We who are powerful need to be patient with the weakness of those who don’t have power, and not please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good in order to build them up.”

The three words I draw from this verse describe an everyday hero: helper, supporter, and friend. I love this description of a hero because it is tangible and attainable. Often we think of a more glamorized view of heroes as having super powers and abilities, when in fact heroic deeds take place all the time. The intention of heroic can manifest in the most seemingly small but powerful ways.

God calls each and every one of us to love and serve others. God has created us specifically, uniquely and with purpose. It is through our work of helping, supporting and being a friend to others that we can make the greatest contribution to God’s Kingdom.

Vacation Bible School 2018 -- God’s Everyday Heroes -- seeks to connect children in our community to God and our church and preparations are well under way! This year’s theme will take us on a journey through the Bible where we will learn about some of God’s everyday heroes: David, Joanna, the Good Samaritan, and Elijah and the Widow. We will also delve into the story of Esther by presenting “The Star Queen” musical. During the week, children will prepare for a Purim Festival by making banners, decorations and noisemakers. We will conclude on Friday with a musical program and a parade.

Whether you are a participant or a helper, this week will have a lasting impact on your spiritual journey. You will have fun through all of the planned activities and the chance to help others around the world through our various mission causes. You will also deepen your understanding of what it means to be God’s disciple through bible stories and relationships with others.

It takes many hands to make VBS a success and we need your help! Please consider volunteering your time and talents during the week of August 6- 10 from 9 am to noon. Registration forms forchildren and volunteers are available online and in the Narthex. The deadline for registration is July 23 and we strongly encourage you to sign up soon as enrollment is limited. If you have any questions, please contact me and M.E. Steelman at vbs@derrypres.com.  We hope you will join us for God’s Everyday Heroes, VBS 2018!