LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- It’s a tradition for almost 100 years at Immanuel Baptist Church- a week of singing, playing, arts and crafts and Bible lessons.
“I’ve just learned so much,” says Reese Hinton. “We do worship, the stories, it’s taking things to a deeper level.”
Reese Hinton, 11, sings on the worship team, which was a dream she’s had since the first time she went to VBS.
“When I was 4 years old, I saw those kids on stage, and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to do that so bad,” Reese says.
Every year has a theme. This year’s theme is ‘Kingdom Quest’.
“We learned a lot about God’s kingdom and how everything we do should glorify God’s kingdom,” Reese explains.
Reese is one of 900 kids at Immanuel Baptist this week. To put on such a big event, it takes 300 volunteers.
“What’s incredible about the 300 volunteers is many of them take off work to do this,” says Senior Pastor Steven Smith. “They prioritize in investing in the next generation, and that’s incredible.”
Smith says the week is a part of their community outreach, inviting kids from across the area.
“We sent out three buses, and it’s just incredible,” says Smith. “Kids from all backgrounds. Some of them, it’s their first time inside a church. Some grew up here. It’s an incredible mix of children that come each year.”
A week where kids of all ages are making memories that will last a lifetime.
“I just think VBS is a blessing for any kid to have,” Smith says. “I am so happy to be in a church that puts on such a great VBS.”