Going Beyond with God
An online Vacation Bible School Study for Youth and Adults, part 1
In a couple weeks Aldersgate UMC will be filled with children, youth and adults during what I consider the best week of the year; Vacation Bible School. As we head into this incredible week there is a lot of decorating, planning and prepping to do, but the most important thing we as a church, volunteers and parents can do is to make space for God in our own lives.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is often thought of as an exciting and fun way to introduce and explore God’s love to the children, which is true, but is a limited idea of VBS. The messages, the Bible stories and the exploration of God’s love is for all of us, so I hope you will join me on an adventure over the next few weeks as we go to Mars & Beyond and explore where God’s power can take all of us.
Our Vector Verse at VBS this year is from Ephesians 3:20, “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work with us!” This verse reminds us that not only is God powerful, God is always with us and puts that power in us to do amazing things.
As we begin our adventure together in this study and exploring the vastness of our spiritual lives, outer space seems like an appropriate setting. Consider the many things we know about space and space travel today that we didn’t know 25 years ago. With all we’ve discovered about planets and galaxies, there remain great mysteries about our universe. It seems the more researchers discover, the higher number of ideas and theories and mysteries about life beyond planet Earth becomes. How do you feel when you think about the vastness of outer space? What does this say to you about God? What does it say about the relationship between God and God’s creation?
As we prepare for VBS as a church, as a family, and as a community, I hope we will accept the mission to make space for God in our own lives and even venture out it some new ways to achieve this as well. One of my go to methods of spiritual disciplines is the creative outlet of doodling. For me, being creative without the pressure of the end result is centering. It calms me and I find it one of the most meaningful ways of praying and having conversations with God. While I will continue my doodling and this bible study, I am challenging myself to adventure out and try meditation which is not in my comfort zone. The other day while having lunch with a friend she politely responded to my statement of ‘I am terrible at meditating’ with ‘do you practice?’ The truth is no, I have never really practiced. It has always been a challenge so I simply moved on, but if I’m not willing to open up to new things, new ways, then I may not being able to go beyond where I am right now.
How do you currently make space for God in your life? Are there additional ways you might be interested in trying?
I am excited to strap in and explore where and how we can go beyond with God’s love and power together over the next few weeks (and beyond)!