We sat down with Vacation Bible School (VBS) director Kayla Minderman to get the scoop on this year’s VBS! If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register your child to attend this great week.
Tell us about the theme for Vacation Bible School. The Vacation Bible School theme is “Weird Animals”. I picked it because it’s fun and talks about how God loves us no matter what, even if we’re “weird” and “different”. “Weird Animals” teaches kids that even when you feel left out, even when you’re different, even when you don’t understand, even when you do wrong, and even when you’re afraid… Jesus loves you! “Weird Animals” is about how no matter what we go through in life, Jesus will be there for us.
Are there going to be any animals at “Weird Animals”? Yes! We are going to meet a new animal every day, but I’m not telling what the five animals are!
When is VBS and who can attend? VBS is June 22-26, from 6-8pm. It’s open to all children ages 3-years-old through fifth grade.
Did I hear there are t-shirts and CDs too? Yes! Every child will be getting a t-shirt (free of charge), so make sure to include sizes on the registration form! Volunteers can purchase t-shirts for $6. Each family will also get a CD of the VBS songs to take home with them.
Do you have to register in advance for VBS? We prefer registration in advance, so we can order t-shirts for everyone. However, you can also register on-site the first night of VBS. Please know that we cannot guarantee t-shirts without advance registration.
What should kids wear to VBS? Whatever they’re comfortable wearing. They are welcome to wear their VBS t-shirt each night, if they want! It’s probably best to wear tennis shoes, because we’ll be playing games that involve running.
What does a typical evening of VBS look like? We will be singing and dancing, and we’ll have games, crafts, and snacks. During snack time, the children will also watch a short video about the animals for that day.
How can people get involved in VBS, especially if they don’t have kids attending? Volunteer! Come hang out with the kids, even if it’s just to play a game with them. We need volunteers for games, to help with snacks, and to teach the kids and lead them around to activities. You can volunteer even if you can’t make it every night. We will put you where you’re needed on the nights you’re available!
Is there anything people can donate to help out? We need food donations for snacks, and a list of items needed will be available this next Sunday (June 14). We are also still needed 2-liter soda bottles for crafts, and we need lots of them!
Why does VBS matter to you? I think it’s important for kids to learn about Jesus, and it’s a great week. My daughter is only four-years-old, so last year was her first year attending. We still sing Vacation Bible School songs from last year in the car! It really does touch the kids’ lives, and they get a lot out of it.