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God Works in Little Lives, Too

 Rooftopper Nathan Young discusses a Bible lesson with his group of kids as a volunteer at VBS 2017.

Rooftopper Nathan Young discusses a Bible lesson with his group of kids as a volunteer at VBS 2017.

While Vacation Bible School might be fun and games, a lot more happens between songs and snacks. 
Leaders and volunteers witness God using little lives in big ways. 
“That’s why we do it,” said Erin Schrage, director of the Rooftots Children’s Ministry. “The whole trajectory of a family’s life can change because their kids go to VBS.” 
When Rooftop’s VBS kicks off again later this month, expect some great God moments for both children and volunteers.
 “I just love walking through the church and 20 kids can tell me their memory verse,” Schrage said. “Some kids in my Sunday school class remember the fruits of the spirit because of a song at VBS four years ago.”
In years past, families began attending Rooftop because their children loved VBS. Kids who learned about God’s love at VBS were baptized. Volunteers found a real connection with other adults while serving snacks.
Rooftopper Lauren Will, who has taken off work several years just to volunteer at VBS, said she loves getting to know the children. 
“Being able to connect with them and hear their viewpoints is awesome,” Will said “It reminds you that the gospel is so basic that a child can understand it. And if they can, I should be able to understand it.”

 Teen volunteers Andrew Ahrens and Ben Weissler teach kids at VBS their memory verse for the day. 

Teen volunteers Andrew Ahrens and Ben Weissler teach kids at VBS their memory verse for the day. 

The theme for this year’s VBS focuses on Babylon and the stories of Daniel’s courage. Kids will also hear about God’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice. 
“My hope for VBS is that kids who know God can get to know him better,” Schrage said. “And kids who don’t know about Jesus will know where to find him maybe later on when it’s their turn to choose.”
VBS runs from 9 am until noon from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29. Registration is now open online for children age four through completed 5th Grade. Rooftop is still looking for volunteers who can serve one or all the days.
“The energy I get from those kiddos is really something to write home about,” Will said. “It’s is so addicting.”
Find registration for both children and volunteers at www.rooftop.org/vbs.