Friday, February 16, 2007

We've Got our Theme . . .

An article on the history of VBS states:

Vacation Bible School was the idea of Mrs. Waler Aylett Hawes, a doctor's wife. Her goal was to get children off the streets of New York. In 1898 and 1899 Mrs. Hawes rented a beer hall in New York's East Side to conduct her Everyday Bible School. In 1900 Mrs. Hawes' pastor, Howard Lee Jones, insisted that the Bible school move to the church building, Epiphany Baptist Church. After two weeks it became clear that children from the East Side would not attend at the church, so Mrs. Hawes moved the school back to a site near the beer hall.


I've GOT IT!!!!!!!!! Our 2007 VBS theme will be ....... VBS On Tap!

8 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Brilliant!

esperanza said...

I like it!

Thanks for the historical background, too. For several churches in my experience, VBS is a way to attract children and their families to the church, rather than a way to serve God by caring for God's children, wherever they are and whoever they are.

Sermon's over; sorry.

VBS on tap has definite potential!

Anitra said...

would that be VBS "lite" - less filling?

And what would VBS look like McMenamin style? (http://www.mcmenamins.com)

Karla MG said...

Wow! Two church history lessons on one Sunday...thanks for the 2nd one! Our bell choir played "This Train" and our director explained the history of "chapel cars," including that each denomination often had a car, including the Presbys (I play organ in a PC-USA).

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

*snorts* too funny!

jledmiston said...

I can see it. Maybe with a session on "foreign brews."

SpookyRach said...

Mrs. Waler Aylett Hawes, I. am. comin' for you. Watch your back, chick!

I reeeeaaally hate VBS. (Preachers Kid Flashback!) I hate it a lot. Now I'm glad to know who to blame.

Sophzilla said...

You would get so many volunteers to help with VBS! Root beer for the kids, beer for the parents!