To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
A friend recently mentioned to me that she needed a time out. As a grown adult with a full time job, a family and a busy life, I wondered what she was planning on doing. She explained that there are times in your life that you need a time out. In a sports game there are time outs when the coach stops the game to give instruction. It may be a brief time, but it’s an opportunity for a new strategy. In the theater there is an intermission where there is a brief time, usually 15 minutes, that gives the actors a brief period to rest before continuing with the show.
She believes that whatever your walk in life is, there needs to be a time out. The time out can include a time to rest, a time for instruction and a time to evaluate what is going on and what changes need to be made.
Typically churches take a time out in the summer, but I want to challenge that idea. I don’t think we need a time away from church, instead, I think we can be refreshed and renewed by doing things differently. When we are involved in something that is new to us, it helps us to experience life in a new way.
This summer we will have Vacation Bible School at Covenant Church. Now, many of you are probably thinking that VBS is just for kids, however, we are also offering a class for adults. You are welcome to join us for an evening of dinner and scripture. This is a shorttime to spend with God and with fellow Christians. We all need to reset our lives. By spending time in scripture, we can connect with God in a different way. Maybe look at the ‘time out’ this summer as God being the coach on the sidelines giving instruction in the middle of the game. VBS is that place to hear God’s instructions through scripture.
I don’t want you to think VBS is a kids program. Think of it as an opportunity for adults and children to spend time in scripture. While there may be fun decorations, I think it can be just as meaningful for adults as it is for children.
VBS this year can also be a place for connections. As my daughters grew up, they created bonds with adults through intergenerational activities at church. These people have encouraged them in their faith development. Despite moving to a new church home, they still talk about Ms. Holly, Ms Becca, Mr. Krott and many other adults. They were not parents of their friends, but other adults who cared about them as individuals and wanted to see them grow in their faith. We still laugh at some stories. We have stayed connected to them—these adults who took the time to spend with them and get to know them.
In the future, I’d love to hear the stories of children in the church talking about the adults who took the time to eat dinner with them at VBS. I’d love to hear the stories about the adults who spent time with them in Sunday School or
maybe took the time to enjoy a glass of lemonade with them.
Research has shown that it is important for adults to be involved in the faith development of children in the church. It isn’t just the parents responsibility, but a joint responsibility of the whole church. Remember those vows we make at baptism. Statistics say that children need at least 5 good role models for them to help develop their faith.
So come and join us at VBS and get to know a child and build a relationship. I think it can help them, but it can also help you. Children have a unique way of looking at life and faith. They can ask great questions. They can demonstrate unconditional love.
I hope you sign up to come to VBS! Sign up to volunteer, sign up to participate and bring a friend with you. You might just discover what God is doing in the lives of those around you.
PS – This message from Pastor Martha also appeared in The Covenanter, Volume XXXVII, Issue 12