Vacation Bible School at Saint Luke’s has long been a family, church, and community favorite. We love VBS because it combines fun, friends, and faith in creative and hands-on ways. Our 2020 “Rocky Railway” is no different, and we have been working to “build the tracks” since January.
The best part (if there IS a best part, because they’re all so great!) about VBS is the positive energy generated by the togetherness of our volunteers and kids of all ages throughout the week. It’s the hands held, the hugs offered, the relays run, and the shared objects passed around a circle. Of course, the Bible lessons are guiding all of these activities, but we feel it’s the personal interactions that make those lessons most memorable. While it would be possible to deliver those Bible points and stories virtually, we feel that the loss of “touch and togetherness” would make those lessons less impactful.
That’s why we have chosen NOT to de-rail our train, but to simply delay its arrival until it’s safe for everyone – in accordance with our guiding principles of safety and inclusion – to gather in a way that’s closer to what we love so much. Our plan is to combine VBS with our Wednesday night programming, which normally begins in mid-September and runs for about seven weeks. Here’s what else you need to know:
- Over the next few weeks, full refunds will be processed for all registration fees already paid
- Our fall VBS registration will be open and announced later this summer
- Participation in fall VBS will be FREE
- These VBS sessions will begin with our FEAST dinner (which begins at 5:45), followed by our large group session, followed by 30 minutes in a weekly station which will alternate between Bible Adventures and Imagination Station for elementary kids, and Bible Adventures and a craft/game lesson for preschool kids.
- 4th and 5th grade plan updates are coming soon
- We will end each session at 7:15
The slogan for Rocky Railway is “Jesus’ Power Will Pull Us Through!”. This is clearly a phrase to remember as we re-route this event so valued by our church and community. May we remember that sometimes detours provide beautiful new vistas that would have been missed had we stayed on course. Here’s to new scenery, new friends, and refreshed faith for all!