Vacation Bible School 2022
Christmas in June: The Advent Story
Vacation Bible School:
Monday through Friday
June 20 through 24
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Friday, June 24
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
To create a Christian community and devote our time to fun, Bible study, love, and service. This year, our theme will explore the foretelling and birth of Jesus.
Who Can Attend
Participants should be children ages four to eight years. Older children and youth are needed to serve as junior and senior counselors. Applications are available online and through the Children’s Ministry office. (Parents may enroll their child here. Youth volunteers may sign up to help here.)
Families who are not members of Shadyside Presbyterian Church are encouraged to participate. Our VBS curriculum is non-denominational Christian. Other traditions enrich our understanding of ourselves.
Tuition is $60 per child, or $100 per family, for the week; financial aid is available. Class size will be limited to ten students, and we likely will have two groups of four-five-year-olds. The total enrollment is limited to fifty students (five groups of ten). There is no fee for junior and senior counselors.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
The children will play outdoors, if possible, or indoors daily. They should dress for relaxed games and playground play. They also will be enjoying some messy crafts.
Friday Closing Celebration
On Friday, June 24, the last day of VBS, at 12:30 p.m. we will celebrate our week together with a musical program in the Sanctuary, followed by an outdoor reception. All members of the church family are welcome to join us for this joyful celebration.
We will collect a daily offering to support our sponsored child at Promised Land Ministries in Guatemala. You and your child should decide what best suits your family for this kind of disciplined giving. We also will collect an offering on Friday afternoon at the closing celebration.
For the well-being of our congregation and our community, Shadyside Presbyterian Church has established health and safety precautions to minimize risk for those attending our gatherings, especially those most vulnerable among us, including children. To better prepare you for what to expect during your visit, you may learn more by reading our current worship precautions on the church website: www.shadysidepres.org/covid-19/current. Conditions may change by the time VBS occurs, and, therefore, our response as a community may be different at that time. The church’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly to monitor data and to prayerfully discern our path forward. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. Please feel free to contact the church office should you have any questions.
Volunteer Opportunities for 3rd-12th Grade Graduates and Adults
Junior and Senior Counselors
If you are too old to enroll in VBS, we need you. Please apply as junior and senior counselors here. You will work under the direction of church staff and adult volunteers. You will have special training to prepare you for your specific leadership role. Getting to know our counselors is always the children’s favorite part of Vacation Bible School.
Families are requested to choose one or more of the following to help facilitate the success of our program:
- prepare craft materials and decor in advance of VBS
- lead a craft or activity center daily (or on specific days during the week)
- set up for Friday’s closing celebration
- help with arrival on Monday and Tuesday mornings
We need your help whether you have only one hour or a whole week to give. Please share as much time as you can.