According to Willie Beaty in his book New Horizons in Vacation Bible School, “VBS was the idea of Mrs. Walter Aylett Hawes, a doctor's wife. Her goal was to get children off the streets of New York. In 1898 and 1899 Mrs. Hawes rented a beer hall in New York's East Side to conduct her Everyday Bible School. In 1900 Mrs. Hawes' pastor, Howard Lee Jones, insisted that the Bible school move to the church building, Epiphany Baptist Church. After two weeks it became clear that children from the East Side would not attend at the church, so Mrs. Hawes moved the school back to a site near the beer hall.”
“In the early 20th century, VBS became a growing trend. While Mrs. Hawes was indeed a Baptist, VBS was a non-denominational event in those early years. In 1922 the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention assigned the work of VBS to the Sunday School Administration Department. In 1924 a Vacation Bible School Department was formed and Homer Grice, a pastor from Georgia, became its first director. At that point VBS was usually a 4-week event!”
Vacation Bible School is a unique opportunity for outreach. This week we will have a chance to share the message and love of Jesus Christ with many children. Some of the children will be here at Oak Crest who might not come to a church any other time of the year. What an opportunity! But in order for those children to come, they must know about our VBS. This Saturday July 16th at 10:00AM we will be canvassing neighborhoods to get the word out about VBS. I know it is hot, but the more people that participate the faster the work goes. All we are doing is passing our informational flyers. Would you be willing to make this effort a priority?
Pray for the children and workers who will be in VBS. Pray that God will do awesome things in their lives. The Bible says, “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10: 13-14