Although our 2012 Summer Old Mission VBS has come to an end, we hope that you will continue the race at home with your children! Here's a recap of what we shared with your children throughout the week:

Main Scripture Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2  "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, on who our faith depends from beginning to end"

Main Scripture Story: Daniel

Theme Song: 'Center of It' by Chris August.
In the middle of our Rings (Prayer, Fellowship, Worship and Service) is the ring they are all connected to CHRIST! He is in the 'center of it', He is the center of our lives.

VBS Centers: P/K (Art, Recreation, Cooking, Drama/Music), Elementary (Art, Recreation, Cooking, Drama, Music, Missions, Science, Bible Skills/Newspaper)

Mission Project: Special Olympics
We presented a check for $500.00 to Special Olympics thanks to on-line donations! Additionally, we provided them with bottled water, office supplies, snack bars and sports equipment which were collected throughout the week.

Day 1: Prayer: Training is the first step for an athlete. Prayer is our first step when preparing for any event in life. Prayer is how we can 'activate' God in our lives. We need God on board in our Christian walk. 
Supplemental Scripture: "Pray Continually" 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Story (Daniel in the Lions Den): Daniel prayed 3 times a day, even with the threat of being thrown into the lions den. The King's men made fun of and persecuted Daniel because of his faith. They continued to try to find a way to get Daniel in trouble but he didn't let that stop him from spending time in prayer every day. It's where he got his strength to carry on. (Daniel 6:1-28)

Day 2: Worship: Athletes commit to years and years of training to prepare for their sport/event. Committing to worship is a necessary part as we train in our walk with Christ.
Supplemental Scripture: "Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with thanksgiving" Psalm 100:2
Story (Daniel stands firm in his food choices): When Daniel was taken into captivity with his friends, he was taken to Babylon. Daniel and three of his friends were found to be 'without and physical defect, handsome, showing an aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand and qualified to serve in the king's palace' (Daniel 1:4). So Daniel and his friend (Rack, Shack and Benny to use the VeggieTale name) were suppose to eat the kings food/wine daily. Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine so he asked for permission to eat nothing but vegetables/water for 10 days to prove that Daniel's (God's) choice of food was better for them than the King's. They were committed to worship and honor God in all things, even in their choices of food/drink (Daniel 1:1-21)

Day 3: Fellowship: Athletes need their team members to help drive them to do their best and to support them in times of defeat. We need fellowship with other believers/Christians to help support us in our faith walk, to push us further when we feel like giving up and to celebrate with us.
Supplemental Scripture: "Encourage one another daily..." Hebrews 3: 13
Story (Daniel in the Fiery Furnace):Daniel and his friends (Rack, Shack and Benny) stuck together, refusing to give into idol worship/customs, even with the threat of being thrown into a fiery furnace. They did not waver or bend and refused to bow down to the King's golden idol and were thrown into the fiery furnace because of it (Daniel 3:1-30). In the end they were saved by God and used by God to bring Him Glory, fame and honor. They stuck it out together.

Day 4: Service: It takes courage to train and commit as an athlete. We are called to serve and it takes courage to stick to something you are passionate about and believe in, especially when others try to get you off track, when you feel defeated or when your best doesn't seem like enough, etc.
Supplemental Scripture: "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2Timothy 4:7)
Story (Overview of Daniel's life from capture as a youth until his death at 80ish years): Daniel spent 70+ years in captivity and he never did get to return to his home (Jerusalem) and yet he was true to his God. He also served his captors well, he did what they asked as long as it did not interfere with his belief system. He was persecuted and they tried to kill him several times, yet; Daniel's faithfulness to God helped save him each time his persecutors tried to do away with him.

On Friday night, we held a family "Closing Ceremony" with a parade and food from 6:30-8:00. Children decorated their bikes and non-motorized scooters in the colors of the country they represented and some dressed in their favorite sports attire. The "Closing Ceremony" was held in the front of the church.