The place: the ancient city of Babylon
The time: the Reign of King Nebuchadnezzer
The story: Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Meshiel and Azariah learn that God is always there when they are afraid, alone and in an unfamiliar place.
As an adult, I have never had the privilege to work with Metropolitan's children's ministry. I knew that they existed and had programs for the children, but I didn't know for sure what exactly they did. This year I have been blessed to be a tribal leader at Vacation Bible School. I honestly admit that I didn't know what I was getting myself into, however, it was a pleasant surprise. VBS transformed the Activity Center's ball room and conference rooms into Ancient Babylon: a market place, the palace playground and Daniel's home! The children were surrounded with pictures, activities and stories that placed them in the time of Daniel and his friends. Most importantly they were taught the lessons that Daniel learned, songs and dances of praise, and pertinent Bible verses for life's lessons.
Having eight boys in my tribe, ranging from ages four to eight, I had the honor of striving to keep their attention while keeping them entertained long enough to understand the topic of the day. Watching them grow from being quite and shy on day one to interactive and dancing by day three has been a pure joy and blessing. They look forward to coming back each night, and that lets me know that I am doing something right.
Each day we open with music celebration and dancing, then proceed to Daniel's home ( to talk with Daniel), the Marketplace (to complete a craft), the Palace Playground (to engage in a movement activity) and the Palace Kitchen (to have a snack). We also have closing Tribe time and celebration - all within two hours! Time flies and the children have fun, all while learning of God's presence in our lives and how much He cares about us.
The Children's Ministries department has been blessed with several volunteers who have dedicated their time, attention and love towards VBS this year, and it shows every time a child returns and is eager to participate in the evening ahead. I thank God that I am a part of it this year.