Dear Flock & Friends of Knollwood,
It’s always great when you realize that something you do actually went according to plan by all those involved. Whether people realized it or not, Knollwood’s stated vision was being carried out through Vacation Bible School. I want to share this with you for encouragement and exhortation. First of all what do I mean by “vision”?
For about a year now I have been touting and tooting the horn of our big-picture vision that ought to inform everything we do through Knollwood:
Worshipping Christ In Community on Mission.
We can enumerate this in 4 ways:
Last month we saw this lived out through our VBS. It was a true group effort, spear-headed by Josh & Elizabeth Andrews and owned by other volunteers in their respective areas. Each day we had about 25 children, most of whom are friends and acquaintances of the volunteering families. The themes of God’s Kingdom rescuing people out of the “bad kingdom” was not merely taught; it was interactively caught – through music, skits, puppets, teaching, playing and lots of questions asked. How do I know God’s purposes (reflected above) were at work?
Children, each at their age-appropriate levels, were finding delight in Christ. Two examples: My own son Thomas is not even 3 years old and has an extremely small understanding of who God is, but I dare not underestimate his capacity to know God. Every night he wants to sing one of the songs from VBS, “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made.” He pleads: “Sing, This-a-Day!” Is he procrastinating going to sleep? Perhaps. Is this something that Holy Spirit can use to bring him into relationship with the Triune God? Yes. Or consider the questions of older children, such as: “If God is a good King with a good Kingdom, then how did one of His angels become a devil?” OR, “How can I know which Kingdom I am in?” Big questions!!! But in the process of all this, people were helping one another look at God’s Word and hear God’s Gospel call to rest in Christ by admitting, believing, and forever-receiving!
If anything VBS has been a call on all of us to join together to help not only our children but others as well to know the Joy of Jesus. As Psalm 78 says: “We will not hide [the Word] from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.” Families were never intended to do this by themselves; it demands others in the Covenant Community to help. Conversely, no one in the covenant community is to be so ruggedly into their own lives as to not see others as the context for Gospel ministry. And when this one-anothering community is displayed, Jesus says in John 17 that others will see this and begin to take part as well: “that [those who follow Christ together] may be one just as you Father are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” We continue to go into the network of relationships God gives us and engage others with the same Delight. This must certainly pave the way and set the tone for us in our communities of Sylacauga and surroundings. So, what should this Fall look like?
Grace and peace,