If the kids can’t get to Vacation Bible School, Vacation Bible School will go to the kids.
And, if summer camp is a financial hardship for a family, there’s a solution to that also.
VBS on Wheels and Camp Joy are two summer activities Myrtle Beach Christian Church [MBCC] is holding in the next few weeks.
MBCC is at 1226 Burcale Road in Myrtle Beach. For more information about these and other church events, call 843-236-1121 or visit www.christianchurchmb.com.
VBS on Wheels
Each Wednesday through July, MBCC folks will visit a Myrtle Beach neighborhood to distribute flyers about the VBS that’ll be held there that Thursday and Friday.
This year’s theme is “Fill my cup, Lord.”
A tent will be set up in a local yard, and games, arts and crafts, snacks, and of course, Bible lessons, will be shared from 3 – 4:30 p.m. both days.
The VBS is for all ages and parents are welcome to stay.
The church’s 15-passenger van brings all the supplies and equipment needed for the two-day event, and it’s absolutely free to participate.
Cheryl Banks, wife of Senior Pastor Dan Banks, said the VBS on Wheels has been going on for at least 25 years and is the only VBS of its kind in the area that she knows about.
“We saw kids who were hungry to do things in the summer, and we saw working parents who couldn’t get their kids to and from our Vacation Bible School, so the best thing we could do was to bring it right into their back yard.”
Games include “just for fun” games and others that teach a Bible principle, such as the water relay game where spilled water reminds the children that God can “fill their cup.”
Banks said the VBS workers are “planting seeds and believe others will water them.”
She said conversations between the church members and parents are good fellowship.
“The disciples met every day for encouragement and fellowship, and look at the example of Jesus,” she said.
“He shared meals and worked side by side [with people], and that’s our goal too, to deepen relationships with the Lord.”
Some neighborhoods have 40 homes and larger areas have hundreds of homes, and the church van is always equipped with enough supplies for whatever turn a VBS session takes.
Myrtle Beach Christian Church hosts a traditional VBS at the church, but VBS on Wheels is a great way to reach out to the local communities, Banks said.
Myrtle Beach Christian Church’s Camp Joy for children in grades 4-8 will be from Sunday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 10.
A camp for younger children was held the week before.
The sleep-away camp is free, and registration is the Sunday the camp begins.
Camp Joy – that stands for Jesus, Others, You – used to be held at The Promise Land, but is now on the campus of MBCC.
Campers need to bring enough clothing for three days including pajamas and a bathing suit that completely covers the camper’s stomach. If it does not, they need to bring a dark shirt to wear with it.
Necessary supplies also include a sleeping bag or bed linens, toiletries, towels, sneakers or flip/flops, sunscreen, a flashlight, and of course their Bible and a pen.
“We convert Sunday school rooms into bunk houses, and we have access to the gym and the field and the fellowship room for food and activities,” Banks said.
The camp was started, she said, to provide a camp experience for those children whose families couldn’t afford the cost of traditional camp.
This year’s theme is “Christmas in July,” and while that naturally includes a Christmas tree, this one will be red, white and blue for the 4th of July.
The children will decorate the tree and talk about the meaning of its decorations.
And tying in with the tradition of Christmas gift giving, the children will hear about “the tremendous gift of love God gave us by giving us His Son,” Banks said.
The children will help prepare boxes to be taken to Ponce, Puerto Rico where MBCC is building a sister church that will serve the mountain community of Punta Diamante – Diamond Point.
The campers will fill the boxes with memo pads, small toys, and words of encouragement for the children and families who’ll receive them.
Keeping with the theme, they’ll wrap the gifts in Christmas paper, even though it’s the middle of summer, and they’ll learn about the Puerto Rican mission.
“Christmas is always fun anyway, so we’re tying into something that’s of high interest to the children, and we’ll shower them with love,” Banks said.
She added that the most important thing the children will gain from the camp is the message that God loves them, will always be with them, and will always provide for them.
Some of the camp’s activities will take place in the church’s prayer garden where they’ll learn how to spend time with God.
The garden includes a memorial wall for those who have served in the armed forces. Banks said they will talk about the sacrifices those people made, and also about the sacrifice Jesus made.
“We have freedom in this country because of them, and we have freedom from sin because of Jesus,” she said.