During the week of June 20 – 24, Riverside took the plunge into Deep Sea Discovery – otherwise know as VBS 2016. The weeklong VBS averaged 60 participants a night (children, teens, and adults) and challenged each of these participants to “dive deep into God’s word”. We saw how God is with us wherever we go — “He knows us, hears us, strengthens us, loves us, and sends us.” Our theme verse was Genesis 28:15 — “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (Genesis 28:15 KJV)
As an example of God sending us into the world to share with others, one of the week’s crafts was a Wordless Bracelet.
The bracelet is similar to the Wordless Book except it uses colored beads, instead of colored pages, to represent several important Bible truths about Salvation – Sin (Black), Blood (Red), Pure (White), Heaven (Yellow), and Grow (Green). Everyone who participated in VBS this year either made or received one of these bracelets. The bracelet was a very appropriate reminder that – “God is with us wherever we go!”