We're just a few days away from the start of one of the most phenomenal annual church events for children on the planet ...
Vacation Bible School
at Lutheran Church of Hope!
are lined up! The Worship Center has been transformed to match this year's Bible-based VBS theme of
Splash: Soaked in God's Love!
are ready to go! Over one thousand volunteers have been trained to teach, lead and pray for the 6,000+ children who are already registered (plus those who will be invited by their friends over the next two weeks)!
Underneath all the fun, there's a very serious
mission (connect kids to God's love) and responsibility to ensure that Hope's VBS will be as
safe as possible for every child who walks through our doors. We pay close attention to teacher/children ratios, background checks for volunteers, age-appropriate activities, safety policies and training.
Why go to all the trouble?
We're competing for the hearts of kids, in direct competition with anything that pulls kids away from a living relationship with their Creator. I'm not interested in passively sitting back as a church while new generations fade away from God. It's time for churches to set aside petty debates and the worship of rituals to embrace our call from God to be a radical, life-saving, gospel-proclaiming, love-based alternative to rest of the world. Let's go, Hope!
On that note, we're also planning our first ever
Hope Parenting Conference
Saturday, Aug. 19
. Parenting is tough, particularly in these challenging and distracting times. As a church, we want to help equip parents in our community with the tools needed to effectively grow kids God's way. Stay tuned. More info to come as the conference date draws closer.
PS- This weekend, our Summer of Acts sermon series continues with a closer look at Acts 16 with a message called
Women Who Led the Early Church. You might be surprised to discover the Bible-based reasons churches like Hope encourage women to serve in every area of church leadership, including as pastors, congregational presidents, and senior leaders. Come and see!