Because research overwhelmingly shows positive things happen when parents and their children share faith experiences and learning, this year we are changing VBS to a family model. This means parents get to participate fully in the VBS experience with their kids!
When is VBS? Sunday, June 23, 5-7 p.m.: Family Fun Night* Monday, July 1, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Monday, July 29: Family Service Night**
What Happens at VBS? Each session includes the following activities. 1) Meal: The evening starts with a simple meal, providing a time for parents and kids to catch up on their day and enjoy some fellowship with other families. 2) Theme-Setting: After the meal everyone gathers to sing along with fun VBS songs and learn the Bible point for the day. 3) Activity Stations: A station leader guides parents and kids through a variety of activities at each of four stations--Bible, Movie, Games, Science/Imagination. The activities help participants learn each day's Bible story and main point. Station leaders provide all materials and instructions. 4) Wrap-Up: The evening ends with a few songs and a slide-show starring the VBS participants that re-tells the Bible story.
Who Can Participate? a)Families with children ages 4-12. (Children should be age 4 by August 1; oldest children are those who just completed 5th grade.) b) All children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult for all activities. c) Older siblings are welcome to participate. (We will need older youth to help with program details; if they are willing to serve as an assistant, please indicate this on the registration form.) d) Younger siblings are welcome to attend, but please note that the program activities are not geared toward toddlers.
How do I Register? Complete the registration form and return to the church office by June 16. It isn't necessary to attend all of the sessions; families can indicate on the registration form which days they will attend.
What is the Family Fun Night? The night includes a meal, games, and craft. It's a great way for families to get to know other families before experiencing VBS together. Familiesare welcome to attend the fun night even if they're unable to participate in VBS. Please register for the fun night by June 16 using the VBS form.
What is the Family Service Night? The service night provides an opportunity for parents and kids to serve together. Details are still being finalized, but past service nights have included visiting a local nursing home or senior center and doing simple activities with the residents.
How Can I Volunteer? Adult volunteers are needed to help set up and decorate for VBS and to serve as station leaders, crew leaders, and technical support; youth who have completed grade 6 or above are also welcome as volunteers. Adult volunteers must pass a background check and become trained in safe-environment principles through a program called “Protecting God’s Children”. Contact the program coordinator if you are interested in volunteering.