Dear Friends in Christ,
"It takes a village to raise a child" is a proverb that means that an entire community of people must provide for and interact positively with children to grow in a safe and healthy environment. In other words, it takes our entire church community to raise up a new generation of young disciples of our Lord. We are so blessed to have a vibrant children’s ministry at BUMC. Many of our servant leaders dedicated their time and energy to nurture our children in love and care.
One of the signs of a vital congregation is the excellent quality ministry for children. “A strong children's ministry not only gives a great return today, fueling and strengthening the entire church body. But it also yields a brighter future for every area of a church's ministry. A strong children's program grows a church from the outside, bringing in new families who did not previously attend church.” (from Ministry Spark)
This past week, we had the most wonderful VBS with the theme of “To Mars and Beyond.” VBS helped our children discover the wonders of God's universe. They learned bible stories – Daniel, Queen Esther, Good Samaritan and Jesus heals - journeyed through space, exploring where God's power can take them. They also enjoyed yoga, science projects, recreation, crafts and fellowship with one another. Please click here to watch a video.
This year we had 38 happy kids with 8 youth and 12 adult servant leaders. All of them were awesome participants and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their VBS experience. We thank all our youth and adult VBS staff, especially Veronica Sydlowski, our fearless leader, who led it from the beginning to the end. Thank you all for your dedication and prayers. Because of your help and devotion, VBS turned out to be very positive and exciting for our children.
I encourage you to continue to pray for our children’s ministry and Sunday School as we prepare for the upcoming fall season. Let BUMC be a safe and peaceful village where our children can grow and be nurtured by the grace of God!
In deep gratitude,