July 02, 2020 | by JB Brayfindley
Local United Methodist churches across the California Nevada Annual conference are opening virtual doors to children who are interested in attending Summer Vacation Bible School online. Some programs are free, some provide scholarships and others charge a minimal fee. All the virtual VBS programs offered have openings for children regardless of where they live or what church they attend.
Some VBS programs occur on specific dates and times while other programs can be viewed at any time. Families can choose between programs based on viewing options or themes. If families want access to materials such as paper handouts and activities supplies, they may need to ask churches for items to be shipped or drive to the host church to pick them up. Four different programs are described in chronological order below with dates and registration links.
If your church is having VBS and it is open to children of the CNUMC, please add the information to the comment section or submit your information to Selby Ewing at email@example.com.
The Sacramento Pentecost Circuit will host a virtual VBS by Go1 Curriculum entitled, “Bolt! Towards Faith in Jesus” with two options: participate on specific dates with Zoom parties following; or, choose any 3 dates and do it whenever you can. For ages 5 and up. The cost is $25 but scholarships are available.
Each day contains 25-minute video guiding families through a series of themed activities over a 90-minute period. Children get to watch children modeling activities before trying it out themselves. The upbeat Christ-centered lessons include the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15), Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-36), and Jesus Choose His Disciples (Luke 5). The program features music by Ben Calhoun from the Christian band, Citizen Way.
Sacramento Pentecost Circuit
Date: Option 1 – July 21, 22, 23 10am to noon or option 2 - any 3 days of your choice
Registration link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11kLGULq1at6za8H1utyBT2HEaZXhFt-X9Idqyjc8F88/edit?ts=5efcffa1
VBS theme link https://www.gocurriculum.com/bolt-vbs
Theme: “Bolt: Towards Faith in Jesus”
Cost: $25 per family (scholarship is available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline: Thursday, July 16
Pinole UMC is offering a “Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor” virtual VBS that will be held online via Zoom on specific dates in the evening. There is no cost, but participants are required to pick up materials by July 27. For ages pre-K to adult.
Participants will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor—the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation—at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.
Pinole UMC 2000 San Pablo Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564
Phone: (510) 724-3312
Date & Time: July 27-31 7pm to 8pm
Theme: “Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor!”
Ages: Pre-K to Adults
Requirement: you need to be able to drive to the church to pick up the materials on July 27
First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa is offering a weeklong series of classes entitled, “Compassion Camp,” through the church’s YouTube channel where registrants login, watch, learn and participate at leisure. Although the program is free, there is a minimal charge for the craft kit which needs to be picked up or can be delivered within a 20-mile radius of the church.
Over the week, the videos will examine different places in our lives where we can cultivate compassion through music, movement, arts & crafts, Bible stories and a Kindness Challenge!
The goal of Compassion Camp is to help our kids cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world.
First United Methodist of Santa Rosa 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: (707) 545-3863
Date: July 27-31
Theme: “Compassion Camp Virtual VBS”
Cost: $10 for craft kit
Requirement: can deliver materials within 20 mi radius or you must pick up yourself
Deadline: Monday July 20
Los Altos UMC is hosting virtual sessions entitled, “Change Maker Summer Camp.” The VBS occurs in the morning on specific dates. It costs $60 per child. All children in preschool through fifth grade are invited to participate. There is a limited number of registrations available on a first come, first serve basis.
Participants explore God’s love for the earth and the call to care for it. The program focuses on discovering ways to combat climate change at home, at church, and in the community. Children lead the conversation in addressing climate change and serve as champions for the environment.
Los Altos United Methodist Church 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (650) 948-1083
Date: Aug. 3–7, 9:30am–12:30pm
Theme: “Changemaker Summer Camp: Earth Savers”
Cost: $60 per child
Ages: Pre-K to 5th grade
Max number from outside of Los Altos UMC: 15 children (first comes first serves)