Last week a team from HPC hosted a Backyard Bible Club at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton, VA. Many children from our church and from the surrounding neighborhood showed up at the park to be club members.
The theme of the week was "Hidden Things." Each day (Monday-Thursday) the children heard a lesson
from one of Jesus' parables about the hiddenness of the kingdom of God, and how Jesus reveals the kingdom in all its beauty and preciousness. Children learned about the following parables:
Treasure Hidden in the Field (Matthew 13:44)
Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46)
Sower and the Soils (Luke 8:5-15)
Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)
Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7)
But Backyard Bible Club was not just about learning Bible stories. We also had a lot of fun with the kids singing "active songs", and playing games like Tug-o-War, Freeze Tag, Simon Says, Dragon Lair, Duck-Duck-Goose, Sharks and Minnows, and others. Each day we shared a snack while we colored activity sheets keys to the daily Bible story and discussed the "hidden" meaning with the children. At the end of the week we fought a massive water battle with toy water pistols. But the little squirts weren't enough to beat the record-breaking heat wave so we all drenched each other with water buckets!
Pray that the faithful labors of God's children in His kingdom would bear fruit as He chooses to produce spiritual growth in the children (and adults) that were a part of HPC's 2011 Backyard Bible Club.