Dive Into Vacation Bible School

Dive into Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fond memory for many, spending time with friends during the summer, making crafts and learning about God.

First Presbyterian Church’s (FPC) annual VBS creates those same memories in the hearts and minds of today’s children. This year’s event is scheduled for June 17-21, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Children ages four through fifth grade (completed) are invited to attend.

“VBS gives kids the opportunity to realize that God isn’t this imaginary thing,” says Anna Butler, Director of Children’s Ministries at FPC. “We can have a friendship and a relationship with him on a more personal level.”

Approximately 100 volunteers make VBS possible each year. The program is set up to accommodate approximately 275 children. VBS is an inclusive environment in which children with special needs are able to participate in all of the activities. Each child who needs one will be assigned a buddy to go through the week with them.

“I have volunteered in different areas of VBS for the about last 14 years,” says Abby Rodda. “For roughly the last 10, I’ve been in the elementary video room. I began volunteering because my kids loved it, and I wanted to give back to the program. It has been such a joy seeing each of the kids grow every year as they come through my doors, eager to hear what we have to teach about God.”

This year’s theme is: Scuba, diving into friendship with God. Throughout the week, all of the lessons, crafts, and dramas will be following that theme.

“The kids love the drama room,” Butler says, “and acting out the lessons.”

“I love that I can be there every year so that they have a familiar face,” Rodda says. “Many of them even walk in the first day and tell me they remember me from years past. The consistency is so important when they can walk in the room and know who will be there for them, even on the first day.”

“It’s such a blessing and privilege to give the kids in our community simple but profound truths of God and his word in a safe, familiar and fun atmosphere,” Rodda continues. “VBS is one of my favorite parts of summer,” says Nikki McConnell, who has volunteered with VBS for many years. “I love watching everyone get excited about the love of Jesus. The week is full of truth from scripture and so much fun!”

Rodda says she would encourage parents to send their children to FPC’s VBS because “it is a place where we nurture each child and love them as if they are our own. The kids have the opportunity to absorb simple truths that we present, but also to come together in small groups and discuss what they’re learning with their peers. It’s amazing to see them grow throughout the week and learn how to talk with others about Jesus.”

Registration for VBS is open now and will continue through Wednesday, June 13. After June 14, there will be a late registration fee applied.

During early registration, there is a $30 fee per child, and the funds are used to offset the costs of hosting VBS. Registration can be completed online at: https://fpclakeland.org/events/vbs-2024

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Anna Butler at either 863.686.7187 or abutler@fpclakeland.org

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