Senior VBS!

“Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone” (Psalm 71:9 NIV). God values the elderly, and we should too! Is fun only for the young? Are all old people saved? What about having a Vacation Bible School (VBS) at an assisted living or retirement center?

If you’ve ever visited such a place, you know how well-received visitors are. Often, people are lonely. They are away from families and friends. They may feel discarded by society and unimportant. If adults partnered with youth to involve residents in fun, Gospel-centered activities, all could be tremendously blessed. The elderly can hear Bible stories, sing songs, do themed activities, and perhaps even come to faith in Christ.

Some may worry seniors wouldn’t like the childish songs and activities, but experience suggests otherwise. A peculiar truth of aging is that many people revert to younger interests. At a visit to a local nursing home, children took music, cookies, and stuffed animals to share. Much to our surprise the stuffed toys were so welcomed we were forced to referee disputes when our supply ran out. The treasures were held tightly and often squirreled away in wheelchair compartments for safe-keeping! Senior VBS might be worth a try!

Kimberly Hart is a wife, mom, and teacher from Gainesville, FL.

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