|Charles & the VBS Rocket|
When summer comes, Vacation Bible School is not far behind. Every year our church provides a week long opportunity for boys and girls to learn about the God who created them and Jesus who provided salvation for all mankind. It’s also an opportunity for the adults in our church to use their creative talents to make VBS a fun filled experience for all the children who attend. The theme of this year’s VBS is:
Maker Fun Factory—Created by God, Built for a Purpose
To support that theme, Charles was asked to build a rocket ship for the display at the front of the sanctuary. Asking an aerospace engineer to build a rocket is like asking a nerd to build a computer. You can bet that the new creation will be the biggest and best with all the bells and whistles and lots of bragging rights.
- Sketch a design on an industrial paper towel in the basement workshop.
- Brainstorm how to transform the design into an actual rocket.
- Visualize the components. Where could we find a tall cylinder, a nosecone, a set of fins, and something to simulate the engine and lights?
- Take scouting trips to Home Depot, Walmart, and the Dollar Tree to look for potential components.
- Make more trips to Home Depot to get various glues, drywall putty, screws, paint, etc.
- Spend every off hour, evening, day, and weekend assembling the perfect rocket.
After all that work, the rocket couldn’t just stand there, it HAD to do something! So Charles worked with others at the church to create a recorded launch sequence accompanied by a loud drum roll: “10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 All Engines Running, We have liftoff, We have liftoff.” Each countdown is accompanied by simulated smoke coming from a fog machine.
The kids yell the countdown and the rocket blasts off each morning at 9:00 AM announcing the start of another great day of Bible School. Just as the boys and girls were created by God and built for a purpose, that rocket is fulfilling its purpose during this week of VBS.
One final question remains – “What do you do with a used rocket when VBS is over?”