VBS 2019: Beantown

South Church is thrilled to offer vacation bible school from June 24th – June 28th this summer! Each day, from 8:45am-12:15pm, during Beantown we will learn about God’s love and experience it in a variety of ways: through drama, games, stories, crafts, food, and other activities.

Frequently Asked Questions (Contact Cathy or Jenn for more info!)

What will my child do each day?

Participants will begin and end each day together in the sanctuary for a time of music and dancing with a live band, with skits, stories, and stories to get them engaged and thinking. Preschoolers and Pre-kindergartners each will go with their teachers for age-appropriate activities while the elementary-aged children will divide into “crews.”

For the first half of the morning, Counselors will lead their crew through a rotation of three stations: Bible, Missions, and Community, where they will learn a Bible story, take part in an outreach project, and play team-building games.

After the first rotation is complete, the crews will come together to create and eat a snack that is based on the themes of the day.

Participants will then choose three of the five station options for the second rotation of the day: Crafts, Creation (Cooking/Gardening), Music, Science, and Sports. Participants of all ages will come together for the closing time with more music, along with a review of our day (including a slideshow!).

Who can come?

Anyone and everyone can come to VBS at South Church!

Children ages 2&3 will play together in a professionally-staffed nursery.

Children ages 4&5 will play together in a professionally-staffed preK room.

Children entering grades 1-5 will be placed in crews and will travel from station to station with their counselors throughout the morning.

Youth entering grades 6-10 can serve as Counselors.

Youth entering grades 11-12 can serve as Assistant Station Leaders.

Adults are welcome to come daily and volunteer as Station Leaders, Greeters, Photographers, Musicians, among other things. Or, if adults can only come a few days during the week, or even for a few hours, we would love to have you assist!

How do I register? Is there a fee?

Registration is easy! Click HERE.

Space is limited, so it is recommended that you register early. There is a registration fee of $100 per participant, $50 per counselor, with a household maximum of $250. If a scholarship is needed, simply talk to either Cathy Meyer or Jenn Murray. Scholarships are always available.

You will be asked to create an online account when registering. Feel free to opt-out of receiving communications about other aspects of South Church if you are not a member of the church.

How will my child grow?

Each day during Beantown we will learn about God’s love and experience it in a variety of ways: through drama, games, stories, crafts, food, and other activities. There is a heavy emphasis on community and team-building. Everyone should be ready to form relationships with new friends, and there will be plenty of time to learn more about familiar people. The staff, counselors and adult leaders alike, provide a welcoming environment to all who attend.

Through engaging Bible stories and tales about the rich history of Boston, we will learn about the adventures of others. We will wonder, question, create, envision, share, discuss, encourage, and walk on our lifelong journey of faith together.

What should my child bring?

Please come to VBS each day wearing comfortable clothing. With activities such as science experiments, crafts and sports, be prepared to get clothes dirty – don’t wear your Sunday best! If you think your child may need a change of clothes, please bring them in a clearly marked bag. We will provide snacks and fun!

Young children should plan to bring a bag with a change of clothes, a sippy cup (if needed) and diapers (if needed).

Please bring any medication to the Welcome Table on the first day and plan to pick it up at the end of the week.

How do you deal with allergies?

The health and overall safety of each participant is our number one concern. Your directors have decades of experience working closely with families to ensure that children’s specific dietary needs are me. Whether your child is lactose-intolerant, has a severe nut or peanut allergy, or celiac disease, we are ready.

Please indicate any allergy or intolerance when registering, include protocol for accidental exposure, and bring any medications that may be needed to treat for signs of exposure. We do not anticipate having any issues, but we want to be ready for anything and everything!

Can adults come too?

Adults are welcome to come daily and volunteer as Station Leaders, Greeters, Photographers, Musicians, among other things. Or, if adults can only come a few days during the week, or even for a few hours, we would love to have you assist!

How can I help make this program a success?

We need many volunteers to make Beantown a success! Get in on the fun by speaking with Jenn Murray or Cathy Meyer. Whether you can help beforehand or during the week, there’s something or everyone:

  • Prepare decorations or attend our Decorating Party
  • Donate supplies or provide money for scholarships ($100)
  • Volunteer to be a Station Leader or Assistant Leader (the curriculum is SO easy to follow!)
  • Shop for supplies on a provided list
  • Pray for our staff and participants
  • Attend the Clean Up Party on Friday, June 28 at 12:15PM
My child(ren) need full-day care. What do I do?

We understand that some families only want activities for a half of their day, but others need care for full-days. While we don’t currently have plans for an afternoon session, we are open to putting one together for an additional cost to families who need it. Please talk to Jenn Murray if you would be interested in an afternoon program for your children.

What time should we arrive?

Counselors will lead games and free play in Fellowship Hall beginning at 8:30AM. At 8:45, programming will begin in the sanctuary. Don’t be late, or you’ll miss some of the fun!