by Karen Reinhart

VBS SanctuaryI first heard about Vacation Bible School eleven years ago when my oldest sons were attending NBRC Preschool and to be honest it was something I had never considered before but it would be a long summer so I signed the kids up.

I have to admit that when I dropped my 4-year-old twins at NBRC’s VBS while I struggled with a baby in a carrier a two-year-old clinging to my hand, I wondered if it would be worth the trouble but my twins loved everything — the games, music, crafts, lessons, carnival and the beads for memorizing bible verses — so the following year the baby was in the nursery while I volunteered as a guide.VBS Teachers

It didn’t take long for me to be blown away by the energy, creativity and excitement of the 70+ volunteers who diligently work bringing the Bible alive for over 175 kids and NBRC VBS has been a part of my families summer ever since — my three oldest are all volunteers now and “the baby in the nursery” has one more year as a “Carnival Kid” before becoming a volunteer himself. (The Carnival Kids creates games for the younger kids to play at the carnival on Friday after VBS ends.)

VBS Guide And KidIt’s been wonderful watching my children grow from being the youngest to becoming junior guides enthusiastically helping the little ones navigate VBS.

Every year we look forward to the special week of VBS — seeing old friends and making new.

We hope you will be among them!

Vacation Bible School runs this year, August 11-15, 2014 from 9-11:45 AM and is open to all children 5th Grade completed through 4 years old by 12/31/14. Information can be found here.