This Sunday kicked off the beginning of our Family VBA at Bethel Church. We’ve intentionally moved our VBA (Vacation Bible Adventure) to the evening so that parents can attend with their kids. Instead of our station leaders doing everything, they simply introduce the lesson and activities and then turn things over to the parents. We provide all the materials for parents to lead their children in fun activities and spiritual discussions. Our hope is that they would see how powerful this family time is and incorporate it into their daily lives at home. We are trying to create a shift that says parents are the spiritual leaders of their families and that church isn’t the only place your children can receive spiritual growth. I’ll go into a lot of more details about how our week of Family VBA went, but this post is a little bit of bragging and a little bit of whining from me!
When we were looking over the curriculum for our last night, there a special snack called “Bright Bites”. They are pretty much ice cream cone cupcakes with yellow topping to look like flashlights. The theme of the last day is how God’s word helps us stand strong and the Bible verse talks about how God’s word is a light to our path. Thus the flashlight themed snack. Since our last day of VBA has a different flow, we usually dismiss the families and offer them to stay for ice cream bars. Ice cream bars are simple and easy and have no assembly required. However, my hubby really liked taking the theme a step farther with the snack, so I found myself volunteering to make these ice cream cone cupcakes.
What a task! It took me over 7 hours to complete the process and it was a lot of work! I learned the hard way not to overfill the cones. The first batch was riddled with mishaps. But I learned from my mistakes and the rest of the baking was pretty successful. We used yellow cake and lemon frosting. To finish off the look, I sprinkled yellow sugar crystals on top. In the end, I had 192 Bright Bites ready for families tonight. I’ll be honest and say that it took a lot of effort. I kept thinking about ice cream bars and how simple they would have been… But, I love my hubby and he really wanted this element for our grand finale. I now know that I will probably never agree to do that again, but we do a lot of crazy things for those we love! Me included!