Mission Camp @ VBS

Kathryn McGregorCamp Ministries

Each summer, our church hosts a large, well-established Vacation Bible School (VBS). The VBS leaders began to notice, however, that participation by fourth- and fifth-graders was decreasing. These children said they felt that they had outgrown VBS. So, five years ago, we experimented with altering the VBS schedule for these older children and offering a longer period of time each day for children to participate in some type of service project. This change was so … Read More

A Prayer for Vacation Bible School

Beth Herrinton-HodgePrayer

Abundant and Energetic God, You fill your world with a season of summer delights. Sunshine, warm breezes, a slower pace to enjoy your creation. Fill us with the joy of this season. We gather around your Word in the midst of our summer. May our days together lead to new friendships, new activity, new insights, and a strengthened relationship with you. May your Spirit shower upon our teachers, leaders, and volunteers; giving energy, creativity, and … Read More

Takin’ It on the Road

Theresa McDonald-LeeFaith Nurture

Summer camps have long been a part of the traditional matrix of Christian education for the children in Presbyterian churches.  Children would attend Sunday school through the year and head off to a week of camp in the summer, often paid for or as a gift from the church.  Camp was seen as an extension of the work of the local congregation, a partner in providing quality summer ministry to reinforce what children learned throughout … Read More