It’s That Time of Year

This week was Vacation Bible Camp, VBC, and let me tell you…

What! A! Week!

Vacation Bible Camp, at Christ Community Chapel (CCC) Hudson Campus, is no joke! As a new resident of Ohio, and a new attendee at CCC, I had no idea what to expect. I heard it was big but I have to admit I was a little nervous about sending my precious littles to such a big event, all week. My 11 year old son and I wanted to get involved in the fun too so we volunteered and let me tell you what I observed during the week:

  1. Here are the stats:
    • 1083 happy campers, from 5th graders down to the littlest camp-goers
    • Over 500 volunteers! Now THAT’s community involvement! IMG_7167
  2. Everyone was so loving and helpful! It was a refreshing week of fun and  friendships as we all navigated the really well-organized, busy and energizing event (especially for this newbie).        IMG_7173

3. THEY THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING! From a fun, kid centered curriculum, to the extravagant decorations sprinkled all around the campus, individual Thank You postcards hand written for EACH CAMPER, group picture souvenir cards each child received and even a delicious volunteer luncheon… how many pizzas do you think were needed to feed the 500 volunteers and their children?

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  1. FUN, FUN, FUN… there were many fun activities for the children throughout the week; they had arts & crafts, skits, outside recreation, snack, stories and awesome music too! My kids slept GREAT each night after attending VBC (parent bonus right there)! They even had daily overview cards sent home with each child so parents knew what was reviewed that day. IMG_7159
  2. MOM’S TENT! When I heard about this, I was sold! They invited all the Moms to visit the Mom’s Tent anytime during VBC where they had coffee, delicious handcrafted tea (like strawberry basil and upside-down pineapple ice tea), yummy treats and an inviting space for Moms to relax and enjoy the morning. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet other women, especially great for a new Ohioan like myself.
  1. GIVING BACK – This year the cause that the kids raised money for was mobility carts, for Mobility Worldwide, whose mission is to “manufacture and distribute hand-cranked carts that grant mobility to people who are unable to walk due to reasons such as disease and war.” This ministry touched my heart deeply; what a beautiful thing to teach children about the importance of serving others, helping those who can’t help themselves and giving back. CCC’s goal was to raise enough money to build 30 carts. GUESS WHAT? In the 4 days of VBC, the kids far succeeded that goal and collectively raised enough money to build 38 carts! That’s over $11,000!!! What a powerful lesson about the ability to do great things when we all work together.
  1. Lastly, and most importantly, the theme of the week was “The Sweet Life” and the verse they learned was 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” 

Now that is a message every child/person/family can thrive on! What a great verse to learn, especially starting off this summer break. I’m sure I’ll be referring my children (and myself) back to that verse through our long summer days together.

Next year I will surely be volunteering again, and my son has already decided what area he wants to volunteer too. Thank you, Christ Community Chapel, for a wonderful week, it was pretty sweet!

To learn more about Mobility Worldwide and the wonderful work they’re doing, you can visit their website @ www.mobilityworldwide.org

To learn more about Christ Community Chapel, you can visit www.ccchapel.com

#inspiredjoy

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