What are we going to do all summer?”
How many children—and adults—found themselves asking this same question?
For Perimeter moms Laura Warner and Jennifer Campbell, this summer gave them the opportunity to do something they had been noodling on for years: a Vacation Bible School right in their neighborhood. The sisters, who also live walking distance from each other, decided that this was the year. It would be an all-hands-on-deck undertaking, so their five teen and tween kids needed to be in. And they were. Finally! Something to look forward to!
They floated the idea on their neighborhood Facebook page, and before they knew it, they had 23 kids, from pre-school to middle school, signed up.
“That’s when I called Drue in!” said Laura, whose husband Drue is Perimeter’s pastor for Sugar Hill, Suwanee, and Cumming. Drue was put in charge of the Bible teaching for each day of the week-long camp.
The setup was like most Vacation Bible Schools: worship, Bible time, art, games, and small group discussions. A teen headed up each group of kids, and teens also ran the games and art stations. Because of COVID, the entire camp happened outside—in Drue and Laura’s driveway and yard. Jennifer and Laura’s mom, Lynda Dill, kept the bathrooms sanitized and helped with snacks. Each child brought their own water bottle.
The theme for the week was love, and the passage was 1 Corinthians 13. It was a very timely, as it turns out.
“VBS happened when the George Floyd awareness was at a peak,” said Drue. “We have a lot of diversity in our neighborhood and the kids represented that. We had lots of conversations with the teens. The topic of love was perfect timing.”
Would they have done VBS this particular summer without the pandemic? "Probably not,” said Drue. They would have spent time hanging out with kids at our neighborhood pool, but it would have been different.
Would they consider doing it again? Yes! Plans for "pop-up" VBS nights are already in the works.