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August 2018 Pastor’s Notes

     I just have to start by saying Thank you!!!  Thank you for all those who prayed & prepared, who taught & cared, and who served & shared!  Thank you to all those parents, who night after night placed their kids in our care.  And most importantly, thank you to our good, gracious, and faithful God, who ultimately made this our most successful Vacation Bible School ever!

     Not only did we have a record number of kids and volunteers, but we also had, for the first time, over 100 children every night of the week!  Even our fun-packed Community Day saw our highest number of kids and families to date.  All of which means that more souls heard the Gospel this year presented in lessons, games, crafts, and drama than ever before!!!

     And now that VBS is in our rear view mirror, it’s time to begin praying and planning for what God is going to do through our AWANA Ministry.  Last year, He graced (and challenged) us with over 60 kids!  If past experience and VBS success are any indicators, there is a very good chance that we will top over 70 children this year.  This is even more possible when you consider that we are starting a new group this year, the Puggles (ages 2-3).

     So, what do we have to do to prepare the fields for harvest?  Well, everything that is to honor God must begin with prayer, so I encourage you to pray throughout the entire month of August.  Pray that the AWANA leaders will be able to prepare for the harvest.  Pray that God will touch the hearts of the parents who He wills  to come.  Pray that we will be blessed with the ability to provide all the necessary resources.  Pray that God may reveal your part in our AWANA ministry this year.

     With the harvest that we are praying God will send to us, we still need Him to provide laborers who can:

  • listen to kids’ memory verses for as little as a half-hour
  • help organize and participate in Game Time
  • commit to being a prayer partner for each child

Beloved, God is doing a mighty work here at Grace Baptist, and I can’t wait to see what blessings the next leg of our journey together will bring.



VBS Prayer Guide – July Pastor’s Notes

    Pastor Mark Elkins

Vacation Bible School is here!!!  The set construction and the drama teams have already begun and the various teachers, assistants, and kitchen volunteers are finalizing their plans.  In just a matter of days, we will have the privilege of sharing the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ with the children of our community. 

     But, even with all the planning, meetings, and preparations, we cannot forget the most important part of anything we do for the glory of God:  Prayer!!!  Every day, it is important that we dedicate ourselves to praying and seeking God’s will through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  But this is especially true during our VBS, so I have put together a prayer calendar below that I hope will help focus our efforts and ensure our success:

 

Monday (July 9th)…Pray for the moms, dads, grannies, grandpas, memaws and pepaws, who are trying to decide whether to bring their children to our VBS.

Tuesday (July 10th)…Pray for travel mercies for all the parents and kids that will be coming to Grace to sign-up for the first night of VBS.

Wednesday (July 11th)…Pray for all the teachers and assistants in each of the age groups as they journey from Eternity Past to Eternity Future with the Alpha & the Omega, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thursday (July 12th)…Pray for the snack, games, and craft teams, as they teach the children that following Jesus is fun.

Friday (July 13th)…Pray that all of the volunteers will have the energy to finish strong.

Saturday (July 14th)…Pray for all the volunteers who will be setting up for and serving at our Family Fun Day.

Sunday (July 15th)…Pray for the children and parents, who have been touched by the love and Gospel of Jesus, that they will join us to worship Him and praise His holy name.




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