Not Your Grandma's V.B.S.

Many of us have childhood memories of attending Vacation Bible School. It may have been at the church we attended on Sundays, it may have been at the church down the street, or it may have been at a friend’s church. Vacation Bible School was a wonderful break for stay at home Moms whose children were out of school for the summer and were driving them crazy.  Someone else would provide the entertainment for a week. Hooray!!! And we kids loved it because it was fun and we got to do really cool things.

Well things have changed. Most Moms work and kids spend the summer either in some form of day care or in summer programs or camps. Many kids are in year round school and don’t have a 3 month stretch at home in the summer with nothing to do. And yet there is nostalgia about V.B.S. and a desire to give to our children the same wonderful memories of crafts and songs and stories about Jesus’ love that we once experienced. Emmanuel Episcopal Church has a V.B.S. that fits into modern lives and yet provides some of those same elements.

How is it different from our childhood experiences? First of all, unlike in the old days, the program is held in the evening instead of the daytime. It runs from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm on June 2nd to June 6th. It starts with a light dinner so that working parents can come and enjoy a meal with their children that someone else prepared! And older folks have the treat of “eating out” with other people in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Another difference is that the program is multigenerational. With the theme “Let Your Light Shine” there will be a track for kids with songs, stories, crafts, and just plain fun. But there are also two tracks for adults. Each evening, adults can choose from a class with a focus on spirituality or a focus on arts and crafts. Some of the options are Spirituality of Aging, The Light of Christ in Nature- California Wildflowers, Beauty in the Darkness – Stargazing using a giant telescope, Poetry as Prayer, Card making, Acrylics on Canvas, Making Votive Holders and more. V.B.S. ends with a campfire and s’mores for the whole family on Friday evening. The program is free, with a goodwill offering for the meal.

Come join us for a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School, just like in the old days. Sort of! For questions or to enroll, call the church office at 714-879-8070.

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