After two weeks back from vacation, one spent at St. Michael’s Conference, and one spent in the best VBS in the Anglican Communion, I have to admit that relative calm of a July vacation is but a distant memory. And that’s fine. I began to miss the pace of life of a priest associate for youth ministry and I definitely missed being here on Sundays. In large part, I think that has a lot to do with the overall health of our community; a quality that was certainly on display this past week at VBS.
We had over 160 kids and well over a hundred volunteers come to a different kind of VBS: one that inspired our youngest parishioners and friends to think outside of themselves and send their gifts and prayers towards the needy in Sarasota. Through music and song, through prayer and teaching, and through the example of teachers, shepherds, aides and every one in between, the kids who attended VBS were welcomed into a vibrant life of faith that could not be pinned down even to the comfortable pews at Redeemer.