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Vacation Bible School

Preschool (age 4) – 2nd grade

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Purpose Statement

In VBS we teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults so:

Believers can grow in faith as they study God’s Word, and Unbelievers can come to the knowledge of and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Vacation Bible School Staff & Facility

The Vacation Bible School program is a function of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Board of Education. Each year, the board oversees a VBS team consisting of volunteers from our congregational membership led by the VBS director whose task is to administer the Vacation Bible School program for children ages 3 through 6th grades. The team selects a date, chooses a curriculum, and secures a staff of dedicated volunteers from our church membership to teach and direct activities.

Teachers consist of adult members of our congregation (age 18 or older). Each teacher has at least one adult or youth helper to assist with the class.

The Vacation Bible School program at Immanuel makes full use of our facilities. An opening and/or closing program is held in our sanctuary each day, followed by Bible instruction located in the classrooms of our adjacent elementary day school. Recreation facilities include our school playground with recently updated equipment, as well as indoor activities in our large gymnasium. Children can be found in our school cafeteria enjoying snacks and making crafts each day of VBS.

Curriculum

Theme-integrated learning grabs kids interest and pulls them into the Bible, where they discover what God has done for them through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Kids become immersed in Christ-centered activities that engage their bodies, minds, senses, and souls; then they connect what they have learned to their everyday lives and relationships.

Immanuel Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). As such, our Vacation Bible School curriculum is consistent with the teachings of the LCMS and is obtained from Concordia Publishing House (CPH). Each year CPH provides a new theme-based VBS series which applies Biblical principles with a Christ-centered approach.

For more information about the teachings of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, click on the following link: Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Activities

Daily Activities

Experiencing, doing, reflecting, remembering, and taking it home are key parts of our VBS curriculum at Immanuel. Typically, our VBS begins with a daily opening worship where children are welcomed into VBS and sit with their designated class. The Bible lesson for the day is introduced via song, skit and/or kid’s word sermon.

Then teachers lead their children to the classroom where they discuss the Bible lesson for the day and apply it to everyday life issues. Children participate in a series of other activities led by various members of the VBS staff including crafts, music, recreation, and snacks.

To see a sample schedule of activities, click below:

Sample VBS Morning Schedule

Mission Project

Each year at Immanuel, we offer children an opportunity to tell others about Jesus by supporting a VBS mission project. This could be a project that accompanies the VBS curriculum, one that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod supports such as the LCMS World Mission organization or the staff may choose a local mission.

Aspects of the project are touched on each day to educate children about the work being done in that particular area. Offering envelopes are supplied each day and collected at the opening worship service for those wishing to support the project. DONATIONS ARE OPTIONAL. This is presented solely as an opportunity to give children a tangible way they can make a difference in the lives of other Christians and NOT as a compensation for VBS participation.

Closing Picnic

Each year we conclude VBS with a picnic on Friday. Parents are invited to attend with their children and enjoy food, activities and recreation. The picnic provides a great way to wrap up the week with an opportunity to visit with VBS teachers and staff.