June 2019

The more things change……..

Most articles concerning the growth and health of the church address changes needed to reach a modern audience. I have no problem with trying new ideas and exploring new ways to reach people with the good news of the Gospel but I do not believe that everything has to perceived as new to be effective.

Vacation Bible School at Midway is one example of a program which has changed very little in the almost 30 years I have been pastor here. I stand amazed at the creativity and time that our teachers put into props and decorations. I love the fact that we still march in and have pledges and songs. I enjoy watching people work on crafts during the course of the week. I’m happy about our reputation for abundant “snacks” which are more like meals. I praise God every year for the enthusiastic adult attendance that works against the notion that Bible School is just for kids. I’m happy all the adults still get a candy bar.

I’m most excited that even though some things are predictable, there is still room for God to work miracles. Lessons will be learned as Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are packed. New friends will be made on the playground. The study of God’s Word will touch hearts. We never know what seeds will be planted in the hearts of the young or old that will sprout in due season. Please be in prayer before, during, and after Vacation Bible School 2019.