2021 Vacation Bible School

2021 Vacation Bible School

FOCUS – Take a Closer Look

Get ready for a summer full of FUN, FELLOWSHIP, and FRIENDSHIPS! Kids age 4 by August 1, 2021 (and potty-trained) through 5th Grade (Fall 2021) will dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and God’s amazing plan for us. Your preschoolers through preteens will have a blast as they discover how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see. Through Bible stories, music, games, science, crafts, and our annual service project, students will explore four different ways they can FOCUS on God: HEAR, TALK, PRAY, and LIVE.

Please note: Pending St. Louis County and CDC guidelines, as well as VBS adult volunteer availability, our in-person VBS option is subject to cancellation as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe. We will stay in contact with all registrants about any upcoming changes and virtual VBS will continue to be available. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

VBS Options

In-Person: Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • $20 per child/$40 per family max, which includes all materials, a t-shirt for every child and a VBS Music CD for each family!
  • In-person VBS will be a combination of outside & inside at Manchester UMC – focused on a majority of time spent outside the building.
  • All participants and volunteers will be required to wear a mask & follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Includes special activities such as The Bubble Bus and other water fun!
  • Please reserve Friday (July 16th) as a possible rain date.

Deadline for registration is Sunday, June 20. Spots for in-person VBS are limited so please make sure to register early! 

Many safety precautions will be taken for in-person VBS such as the requirement of masks for all participants, physical distancing, and individual packaged crafts just to name a few. Please stay tuned as we continue to determine best practices for our time together.

For questions or additional information, contact the Director of Children and Family Ministries, Chessey Brenton.

Virtual Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15
  • $10 per child/$20 per family max, which includes all materials, a t-shirt for every child and a VBS Music CD for each family!
  • You can do this VBS program at your family’s own pace!
VBS Kick-Off – July 11, 4:00 p.m.

In-person and virtual participants plus their families are welcome to join together for our VBS kick-off. Starting at 4 pm families are invited to pick-up their VBS packets and join us as we celebrate the start of a GREAT week. During our time together (45 minutes – 1 hour), we will enjoy music, a welcome, and prayer time.

Mini-VBS Program

We have a special opportunity for our friends who turn 3 by August 1, 2021, are potty-trained, AND whose parent(s) volunteer during the entire week of VBS (need to be Safe Gatherings certified). They will get to experience our FOCUS VBS by diving deeper in their faith through programming specifically designed for their age level. You can register your child for Mini-VBS when you complete the Adult Volunteer Registration form online.

Please note: Nursery care will not be available for this year’s Vacation Bible School. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate programming during this pandemic.

Historical Photos

Volunteers Needed!

How Can I Help?

We hope you will join us as we guide our preschoolers through preteens on a journey to discover how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see by putting the FOCUS on God. The goal of Manchester UMC’s Vacation Bible School is to engage new and current families by connecting children and volunteers with each other, the community, and God. By joining our VBS volunteer team, you have the opportunity to not only help our children grow in their relationship with God, but to continue strengthening your own spiritual journey.

There are three ways to lead our “Focus Finders” (kids) during in-person VBS:

Adult Station Leader

Adult Station Leader will lead station activities such as: crafts, music, and games. You will work with a team to create the safest and best possible learning experience for our students that help encourage them along their faith journeys.

Adult Group Leader

Adult Group Leader will be facilitating travel to different activities throughout the day as well as leading small group time. All of the small group lessons, crafts, music, and games have already been planned. Our leadership team promises you will be prepared for the journey!

Youth Volunteer

Youth Volunteer are a vital part of helping our station leader and group leader volunteers (crafts, music, games, and small group). In addition, we will be utilizing youth volunteer as bathroom and carpool buddies. activities and individual groups. We are also looking to have youth help as bathroom and/or carpool buddies.

Please prayerfully consider accepting one of these roles for our summer VBS program. We really do need you! You will be helping to support Christian learning for our young members and receive bountiful blessings in return. All in-person volunteers will be required to wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines.

All adults serving with children at VBS need to be Safe Gatherings certified. If you have questions about this process or serving at our 2021 FOCUS VBS, please visit our website or contact Chessey Brenton, Director of Children and Family Ministries.

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