August 09, 2022 Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church

VBS 2022 - Passport to Peace

VBS 2022 - Passport to Peace

“You have heard people say, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.”

- Matthew 5:43-44 (CEV)

Grab your passports and pack your bags… we’re headed toward another year of Vacation Bible School! By now you’ve probably heard that VBS is back, and quickly approaching. We’ll be partnering once again with Whidbey Presbyterian Church, this year hosted by WPC, for three days of connecting with kids, learning about God, and having a lot of fun!

Our overall theme is Passport to Peace, with the main scripture being Matthew 5:43-44 (above), and each day will focus on a different Bible story. The focus for Day 1 will be Acts 8:26-40, where Philip encounters an Ethiopian official on the road. Philip tells the man about Jesus, and the Ethiopian asks to be baptized. The peace tie-in for the kids to put into action is that peacemakers will listen to and learn from people who are different.

The story for Day 2 is Matthew 25:31-46, which is when Jesus separates people like sheep and goats. The sheep are welcomed into the kingdom because they showed care and compassion for Jesus by showing care and compassion for everyone, whereas the goats failed to care for others. The peace tie-in is that peacemakers will notice the needs of others and seek to help.

And the final day of VBS will emphasize Luke 10:25-37. This was when a lawyer tried to test Jesus about who qualifies as his neighbor, and Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan who stopped to help a wounded traveler after others passed by without helping. The peace tie-in for this day is that peacemakers will take action when people have been hurt.

I’m excited to be with dozens of children from our area during VBS August 18-20! Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer, purchased supplies or donated, or prayed for our VBS. Your support is what makes this possible. I also look forward to celebrating with you at the end of VBS at our combined worship service with Whidbey Presbyterian Church, August 21 at 10:00 am at WPC. We’ll be worshipping outside on their back lawn (don’t worry, it’s pretty flat), so bring your own lawn chair or blanket that day.