Vacation Bible School is finally here!
After months of preparation, Vacation Bible School is only one day away! This year’s theme is “Walking with the Wesleys in the Footsteps of Jesus,” and we can’t wait to go back in time with you to 18th century England where we’ll meet John Wesley and learn all about God’s love.
Information for Parents
- Vacation Bible School meets Monday through Friday, July 11 – 15.
- Check-in starts Monday at 8:45 AM on the exterior south side of the Fellowship Hall.
- For the rest of the week, drop off your child inside the Fellowship Hall by 9:00 AM.
- Pick up begins at 12:00 PM every day inside the Fellowship Hall.
- Please send your child in closed-toe shoes and comfortable play clothes matching the color of the day: Monday is red, Tuesday is yellow, Wednesday is green, and Thursday is blue. All children will receive a shirt to wear on Friday.
- Download the Letter to Parents.
During the week of VBS, if you have a question, need to make changes to your child’s arrival and departure plan, report absences or check the lost and found, please visit the Help Desk located inside Fellowship Hall.
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Do you know why TUMC does Vacation Bible School? You can trace the history of VBS back to public school teacher D.T. Miles in 1894. Mrs. Miles felt she was too limited in her time to teach the Bible to children, so she started a daily Bible school during the summer. This school lasted four weeks and enrolled forty students. Over the years, summer Bible schools got shorter and evolved into what we now know as Vacation Bible School.
VBS ministries comes in all shapes and sizes: evening with dinner and intergenerational classes, summer weekdays in the morning or afternoon, one or two weeks in length, one day at a time, in churches, on playgrounds, or in people’s yards. Some charge fees for VBS, some do not. Some have an unlimited enrollment, and some have a cap. Some require every child’s parent to participate, some do not. There are themes, decorations, and songs that can be purchased that are all optional to the success of a VBS ministry.
My answer to why we “do” VBS here at TUMC is SO THAT children, youth, families, and adults can experience the love of God in fun and meaningful ways during a concentrated amount of time.
The experiences come through music, marketplace crafts, stories straight from the Bible, recreation, animals, snacks, and popsicles. These things don’t just happen. They come from months of prayer and intentional preparation. They come from youth and adults (with and without kids) saying, “YES, I want to be a part of sharing God’s love in a fun and meaningful way to children SO THAT we’ll all learn more about our amazing God.” They come from all of us wanting a closer relationship with Jesus and our willingness to be a blessing to others.
Friends, VBS is a church-wide ministry. We thank you for your prayers, support, and participation.
Many thanks to our leaders Holly Brown, Heather Valdez, Samantha Hale, Paige Darby, Courtney Houston, Justin and Michelle Graves, and Lauren Price. We’re expecting God to show up and show out in #tumcvbs2016.