If you are using Group’s Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School, as we are at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, then I encourage you to omit the staged beauty pageant activity on day 2 of Bible Adventures. I am very concerned this was included in the activities because it has the potential to send the wrong message to young girls about the importance of beauty. Instead, I would hope that we would focus on Esther’s courage in a difficult situation as a valuable model for girls and boys.
I have omitted the staged beauty pageant from our VBS plans and I am urging other churches to do the same. I don’t think the omission takes away from the lesson and in fact may help to focus children on the greater meaning of Esther’s story.
May God’s peace be with us,
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North United Methodist Church