Get ready! From July 15th to the 19th, our church will be organizing a summer mission In the Wild with our children. Elementary school-aged kids (rising Kindergarteners--rising 6th graders) will embark on a safari-themed adventure "Into the Wild" with Jesus, complete with a variety of games, crafts, and music! Groups will gather in homes in three different neighborhoods from 2:00-4:00pm, 2:30-4:30pm, or 3:00-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Parents can register their child for one home/time slot to attend each day that week.
More Information/Frequently Asked Questions
How did Community Vacation Bible School get started? Why do you meet in peoples’ yards instead of a church?
Years ago, Vacation Bible School was held within the walls of All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. But in 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community to make it more accessible to neighborhoods and families outside of the church. That first year God provided 10 neighborhood sites; the next year he provided 15. Since then, the number of sites has grown and CVBS has expanded. This year, All Saints is partnering with 8 other churches, including Incarnation Church, and will have CVBS in 50 different places! Sites include homeless prevention centers, assisted living facilities, and mobile home and community parks while churches are sending teams to other areas of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Australia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Nicaragua, South Korea, Sudan, Thailand, and Ukraine! Isn’t our God GREAT?!
How does this VBS model work?
Church members offer to host Community VBS in their yards/neighborhoods in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Hosts can include young families, empty nesters, singles and retirees. Host Homes are supported by Bible lesson leaders and at least one Host Home Assistant. To make all the Community VBS fun possible, traveling teams of at least 2 volunteers rotate through the sites to lead the children in crafts, worship and games. This particular format has worked beautifully each year, as the teams sweeping in offer new energy and the promise of something fun!
Who created the curriculum for CVBS?
For 2019, the curriculum selected and modified for Community Vacation Bible School is “IN THE WILD” by Life Way.
What does my child need to bring each day to CVBS?
There is nothing a child needs to bring for CVBS, but sunscreen is never a bad idea for sunny afternoons, and sneakers for running around would be helpful too! There will be plenty of bottled water, freeze pops, and other daily snacks to go around, but children are also able to bring their own water bottles/snacks if that is preferred.
What happens if it rains?
We pray that it will not rain during the week of our local mission. If it does rain, the Lord will bless garages and covered porches just the same. It is the prayerful decision of the Host Home on whether to hold CVBS that day and if so, the location on their property. If CVBS is canceled, the Host will contact each parent by phone by noon that day.
Is there a deadline for registering my child?
Nope! Although you’re encouraged to register ahead of time, there will be opportunities to register even at the Host Home when you arrive to drop off your child.
My children are different ages, one in kindergarten and one in upper elementary school. Do I sign them up for the same CVBS site?
Yes! Each site is open to rising Kindergarteners to rising 6th graders.
Can I stay with my child to observe/participate in the CVBS activities with them?
What if my child can only come for a few days of the week?
No problem. We encourage your child to come for as many days as he or she is able!
I have more questions. Who do I contact?
Feel free to contact Caitlin Hubler, Incarnation Church‘s Children’s Ministry Coordinator – at either Caitlin@incarnationchurch.net or (757) 903-6142.