“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
Through imaginative dramas, singing, and fellowship it’s a wonderful way for young people to express themselves and learn about the Bible. For some, this is their first encounter with Jesus. For all, it’s a valuable opportunity to ask questions about Christ and his role in their lives.
This year we are learning about the early life of Jesus. What was it like for his parents to raise Jesus the Messiah? The Bible gives a brief account in Luke that’s probably based on a story Mary told about Jesus’ childhood.
“After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it… Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:42-45)
Mary and Joseph eventually found Jesus in the Temple, sitting among a small group of teachers, listening to them and asking questions that indicated his depth of understanding.
“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:46-50)
“But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51)
The Bible encourages God’s people to assemble in groups. At Bent Creek VBS, the children join one of the 12 tribes of Israel. In this small group setting they develop special warm relationships and are encouraged to express their thoughts and ask questions. In the process, they learn that through the Holy Spirit they can love and worship and serve.
Read about VBS Day 2 here.
Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photos.