Sunday's VBS focuses on Pilgram Marpeck, one of the notable voices during the Protestant Reformation for Anabaptists. What made Marpeck, and other Anabaptists, so different from Catholics and other Reformers such as Martin Luther, is that he was unwilling to use the sword.
Main points for younger children including preschoolers would be that Marpeck, and Anabaptists did two things differently:
1.) They never used the sword with people when they disagreed.
2.) They believed that adults should make a decision to follow God, instead of baptizing babies.
Additional points for elementary children:
1.) Anabaptists received their name because the re-baptized adults who had only been baptized as infants. Marpeck wrote about why adult baptism was healthier, so that adults could make their own decision instead of parents and priests making decisions for them.
2.) Anabaptists started the same time as Martin Luther and other Protestants, in the 1500s - roughly 500 years ago!
Additional notes for teenagers:
1.) Marpeck was quite valuable because of his engineering skills for mining and building water ways to move lumber. This kept him safe when governments probably would have executed him for his writings and beliefs that threatened religious and civic structures and law.
2.) Marpeck lived a life of tension, in which he took part in the life of those who were not Anabaptist Christians, and yet lived whole-heartedly as a person passionate about Jesus in an Anabaptist lifestyle. This meant that Marpeck had to give up his wealth at one point, but also meant that he did not become a martyr as many vocal and public Anabaptists did.
Please note the following two links for bios, photos and other history notes:
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Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.