|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 9, 2021 at 11:55 AM|
Happy Summer to all of our St. Alban’s Family! I don’t know how it got here so fast, but the heat, humidity and season are here to stay for a while! Summer means no school, pool, beach, trips, fun, laughing and hopefully some relaxing. For our children at St. Alban’s, it almost always means Vacation Bible School or VBS and this year we are having two, both virtual and in person. This last year has certainly thrown enough at us and if there was ever a year to have two, it’s this year! I am applying the same rationale to my time at the beach this summer, more is better!
Friday night, the Youth celebrated the beginning of summer with a Water Fun event complete with a giant, oversized slip and slide down the hill on the side of the church. They also enjoyed cornhole, frisbee and the best cookout ever with over 40 different burger and hot dog toppings. We finished, of course, with watermelon, ice cream sandwiches and a giggle filled water balloon fight. Even with the rain, we had over 20 youth in attendance and it was amazing to see them come together for fun, fellowship and lots of laughter. My sincere thanks to all who attended and all who helped make it happen.
Our virtual VBS for June and July is Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness. Packets have been delivered with all of the supplies and videos have been created to go with each day/session. As I worked on part of these videos recently with the amazing help of Ryan Givens, who I have to say far outshines me, I thought about this word or words, Lovingkindness. What does it mean? Where does it come from? How can we have more of it? The videos are posted on our YouTube page and, if you get a chance, you should check them out. One of the ways we teach the words is a Superman pose, say Loving with one hand on your hip, say Kindness with other hand on your hip and put them together with head held high and say Lovingkindness!
It’s so funny when you have a word in your mind, you begin to see it in many different places. The very next day after I worked on the videos it appeared in one of my morning devotions. In Psalm 119: 76-77, “let your loving kindness be for my comfort, according to your word to your servant”, God shows his loving kindness by guiding us through reflection and prayer on the path that is meant for us. God encourages us to show and spread this lovingkindness to all whom we know and don’t know. We become the lights of lovingkindness for others and that light is passed on to shine even brighter the more it spreads. May we all know the power of lovingkindness and the importance of passing it on. Have an amazing summer!