I don’t know why every church does not do this. The Children’s ministry at Midtown Fellowship is having VBS this week in the evenings, every night from 5:15 to 8:00. Tonight, we dropped off the kids, made a quick trip to Home Depot to rent a drill (starting construction on the tree house tomorrow) and then we had a quiet hour alone in the house for the first time in months. We sat on the couch, I rubbed her feet, we said things like…
“So we adopted our son from Ethiopia… How is that going for you?”
“How are you and Livi (our daughter) doing?”
“Can I fix you a bowl of cereal?”
and then I fell asleep on her shoulder, and she woke me up just in time. We went back, together, to get the kids. It was amazing. No paying a babysitter, no dinner bill, we just had 55 quiet minutes at home to stare at each other and faintly remember what is is like to rest in each other’s attention when it’s not 10:00 at night.
Midtown Fellowship and (director) Adrienne Williams, thank you from the bottom of my heart for having an evening VBS. The families I know feel cared for and deeply considered by your decision to run it this way. I’m sure it creates problems that traditional VBS’s don’t have, but the kids have loved it, and the parents – at least the ones that don’t have grandparents close by – have been twice blessed. First, you care for our kids with love and good times (see photo of Jonah’s Mr. Potato Head) and teach them about Jesus, and second, you are doing it when husbands and wives can hang out. Thanks for being my church and The Church all at the same time.
(As an addendum, I should say that last week my kids were at Judson Baptist’s VBS – during the morning – and it was fantastic, and we appreciated their love and care as well.)