'Bout this time of year, we'd host the BEST part of our summer...
Backyard Bible Club!
It all started by looking up from the garden one day and realizing we always had a bunch of kids in the yard. That's when God put that spark in our hearts to put this all together. This opportunity was the door that opened to minister to our neighborhood even beyond summer.
We were so blessed by getting to be a blessing.
A couple years in a row, we would gather as many kids as we could find from the neighborhood for the last 3 Wednesdays of summer.
It was our opportunity to get them all together and show them the amazing love of Jesus.
It was always really hot or rainy, but they didn't care.
They came excited, ready to learn, and to have fun.
Who are these crazies??
The best crazies on the block!!
And I'm missin' them somethin' terrible!
That would be me on the right if you were ever wonderin' who that wacko frog lady was.
We tried to plan on cool down games to beat the heat.
Water relays are a blast!
Go Maddie! Go!
This sweetie in the hat is my neighbor Becky...what a blessing!
Miss your sweet face!
Let's talk about sweet faces...or sweet feets!
You've gotta be ready to get your groove on if you're havin' kids over.
This was the moment that surprised me every time.
They didn't care who was watchin'...
we cranked the music and they danced and jumped and sang loud!
Conga lines always drew a crowd!
My mom wrote a skit that my kiddos acted out with puppets borrowed from a friend's church.
They almost passed out in the shed because it was about 100 degrees inside!
Thanks guys! I know you did it for Jesus!
Teach times were essential!
We kept it visual and simple so they would take every bit of it back to school with them.
"Love each other, don't lie, garbage in-garbage out, be undignified for Jesus, the fruit of the spirit, help each other, nothing can separate you from the love of Christ....NOTHING!"
In the blender was vinegar, tuna, mustard and some other stinky stuff.
One of the kids wanted to eat it!
I thought about it, and then said no...promise!
Here's my hunka hunka burnin' love...helpin' to get ready for a game!
Morgan, Wesley and Maddie had a great dance routine for the kids.
Snazzy, Baby! Snazzy!
...again..who's the crazy in the back?
Speakin' of crazy...This is our Pastor John.
I promise those aren't gang symbols...I think...
Ok...really I have no idea!
Note: "Avoid gang symbols!"
We had a lot of help and support from our friends!
We are eternally grateful for good friends
Do you see the looks on these faces?
(Mr. D on the left)
The kids had no clue what was coming!
We warned em!
"Dress for Mess!"
Clueless, I tell ya!
None of them knew what the scaffolding was for.
I really thought they were going to explode in anticipation!
They were each given a bowl of ice cream, and then they had to catch the toppings!
This was our grand finale!
It was AWESOME!!!!
A little extra chocolate syrup to conceal his identity!
Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Don't be afraid if you feel that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone! He'll equip you to do whatever it is, and you'll be blessed beyond measure!
God Bless you All!