Hogwarts Vacation Bible School
9:30 a.m. Monday, July 18th “I love this camp!!!” – said by a Ravenclaw
This year Hogwarts VBS was faced with budget challenges, which resulted in long hours of meticulous and creative planning. However, the challenges also invited the congregation, Church staff, and the greater Christian community into the soul of Vacation Bible School…and they showed up!
Our Director of Communications and Digital Ministries, Ellie, jumped in headfirst, helping us for weeks elevate our art classes, t-shirts, and so much more. Our Junior Warden, Krista, used her STEM background to take our science classes to a whole new level of messy hands-on fun. Our Head usher, Jennifer, and coffee hour volunteer, Jan, helped us navigate the logistics of snack time and security, ensuring our children got a peaceful break time. Children's ministry vestry liaison, Amy, helped with decorating, setting up, and teaching innovative Bible lessons along with Amanda, and Father Matthew.
17 Youth Prefects: Carter, Leo, Anna, Lilly, Ella, Katy, Declan, Tennley, Maddie, Nathan, April, Kira, Elliott, Oliver, Claire, Zara, and Juliette, came alongside our Year Leaders, Class Professors, and Camp Directors to help in every avenue of camp. VBS Staff: Emma, Hannah, Joshua, Manaal, Magaly, and Lisa came in early and stayed long hours to ensure campers had everything they needed.
Assistant Camp Director, Kate, dedicated countless hours planning, setting up, training staff, and praying for each person who came to work or attend Hogwarts VBS.
The Holy Spirit was also certainly with us. Her clever heart called us into communion together as we learned about Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity. Two women who also faced seemingly overwhelming obstacles, but through their love for one another, and the love of believers were able to stand as a lasting example of God’s faithfulness and face death with joy.
The contagious joy and love of Perpetua and Felicity’s stories were reflected in all our campers, volunteers, and staff. As result, our most challenging year quickly transformed into the best year ever!
It is amazing what the community of God can do when they have open hearts and willing hands. The love of God and God’s people was evident in everything. Children who attended were surrounded by it, and as a result, 30 minutes into camp, on the first day, children were proclaiming their love for the camp, God, and most importantly themselves.
The rest of the week the joyous love continued as we saw campers pray for the staff, encourage each other, open their hearts to God, and recognize the unique part they had in the communion of saints.
All of this was made possible because our community responded to trials with love, and with open hands. When we come together and offer our talents, our time, and our money to God, it is transformative and contagious. Imagine, if we recommitted to doing life together like this. How would that alter our hearts? What would our church look like? Who would be transformed by it?
After all, as said by a Hufflepuff at VBS “we are all the communion of saints, so we get to show the world what that looks like. It should look like love.”
Director of Children's and Family Ministries