Remember the old Family Circus cartoon, with the “ghost” named Not Me? He was responsible for all kinds of mischief! When mom found paint on the walls or a broken window, everyone pointed to Not Me. We’d all like to point to someone else when we make mistakes! But when asked honestly, the kids at your VBS readily admit that they’ve blown it. Kids know they’ve lost their tempers, lied, said unkind words, disobeyed parents, and broken rules. But in a world where black and white is becoming increasingly grey, kids may not grasp the impact of their offenses. Those wrongdoings, or sins, create a chasm between us and a holy and perfect God—our loving heavenly Father who desires a relationship with us.
At Shipwrecked, you won’t spend a day pointing out kids’ wrongs and shaming them or making them feel guilty. Rather, you’ll remind them that we all do wrong, and those sins come between us and God in a really big way. During Bible adventures, kids silently drape a “dirty” cloth on the cross as a symbol of the wrongs they’ve done—wrongs that Jesus paid for on the cross. Kids also discover the promise Jesus made to a criminal on the cross, exploring how Jesus takes our punishment. This is a day to celebrate the enormous love God has for us—a love so huge that he willingly came to earth and shed his blood to cover our sins. So there’s plenty of upbeat worship as kids remember Jesus’ sacrifice that restores our friendship with God.