VBS News – The Countdown Begins!

We’re only three weeks away from the start of VBS, and we’re so excited about the program this year!  If you’ve signed your kids up, here’s what you can expect.  If you haven’t signed your kids up yet, it’s not too late to do so.  Simply go to https://www.stjohnsworthington.org/sign-vbs-now/.

“The Image of God” VBS will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings in June (the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We’ll begin by sharing a meal together, and then we’ll have our large group gathering time, where we’ll learn about what it means to be made in the image of God, and how our relationship with God changes depending on the image of God that we hold in our heads.
After large group time each evening, we’ll divide up into smaller groups (according to age) and experience different activities that connect to the evening’s theme through art, science, games, drama, crafts and more! Each session will end with a time of joyous singing and dancing and a closing prayer.
The schedule for the weeks is as follows:
June 5th: God’s Creation.  We are all made in the image of God, yet we all look different!
Workshop One: Experiments with liquid crystal paper!  Although we all look different, we all have the same warmth inside of us.  Experience the way the warmth of our hands can change the colors and patterns of liquid crystal paper.
Workshop Two: Amazing insects with George Keeney!  Entomologist George Keeney will bring a plethora of his insect friends for us to meet.
June 12th: Icons or Idols.  We put a lot of ourselves into the things we make and do, yet nothing we make is God. How do we engage our likes, interests, and fandoms, yet still keep them in perspective?
Workshop One: Special guests Jim Miner and friends will lead us in soap carving.
Workshop Two: Statue Maker!  We’ll use our bodies to make ridiculous statues and machines!
June 19th: Symbols of the Church: Doves, fish, and crosses are all symbols that have been used by Christians for centuries.  What do they mean and how can they help us understand our faith?
Workshop One:  Amazing Zebra Fish!  Special guest Jared Talbot will teach us about biology, genes, and the meaning of the fish symbol in the early church.
Workshop Two: Christian Symbols Scavenger Hunt! Kids will get a chance to explore the sanctuary and find all of the amazing symbols that decorate everything from kneelers to the pulpit.
June 26th: Resurrection Stories: Jesus appears differently to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, and to the disciples on the Sea of Galilee.  Why is this, and what does it tell us about our encounters with God in our daily lives?
Workshop One: The butterfly as a metaphor for death and resurrection!  Children will receive a chrysalis at the end of the night.
Workshop Two: Dramatic Resurrection!  Children will explore the resurrection story through drama.

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