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Churches of Charles Vacation Bible School 2021

Creation Speaks Vacation Bible SchoolIn-Person, Outdoors Evening VBS at the Cathedral of the Incarnation

Monday, July 26- Friday, July 30
6 pm – 8 pm

Ages 3 – 5th grade

Our VBS planning committee is pleased to announce that this year’s Vacation Bible School will once again be in person. Recognizing that COVID will still be with us, we are moving VBS outside to a large grassy and tree-shaded area on the Charles Street side of the Cathedral of the Incarnation to maximize safety . Another change, to avoid the heat of the day, will be a shift to weekday evenings from 6 PM – 8 PM.

2021 VBS Theme

Creation Speaks! Are we listening? In the beginning, God created. God is still creating now. What do God and creation have to teach us about how we live today?

This year’s “Creation Speaks” Vacation Bible School theme invites us to look to God’s Creation, including each other, as we listen for God’s voice in the world today. By looking anew at the Creation Story, kids will imagine what each part might teach us about God and our place in the world. Light, water, earth,  animals, and humans will will invite children to listen to God, still speaking to them today.

Through our new understanding of the interdependence of all creatures and responding to our call as caretakers of Creation, we are moved to awe and wonder at the gift of Creation and the Creator.

If the people of God stop and listen to Creation, what might we hear? Shhh, listen. Creation Speaks!

Daily Schedule

  • Day 1: Invited by Light
    Be introduced to God’s Creation; discover Jesus as God’s light in the world.
  • Day 2: Refreshed by Water
    Understand that water is life-giving; learn about Jesus as one who crossed boundaries and welcomed all people
  • Day 3: Shaped Like Earth
    Recognize that we come from the earth; embrace that the stuff we are made of is valuable
  • Day 4: Kinship with Animals
    Realize that every creature has an important role to play in God’s creation; discover how the diverse parts of Creation and community need each other.
  • Day 5: Purpose for Humanity
    Children learn that they are created in the image of God for a purpose as caretakers of Creation; know that caring is a shared responsibility with God and one another.

Little Ones and Loved Ones: 3 & 4 Year olds

For our youngest three and four year olds, we are asking for a teen or adult “loved one” to accompany them to VBS. Because we will be outside and not far from a busy street, we want to be sure they stay safe. If you are not able to come with your child, we may be able to arrange for a teen helper.

Alternative plans in the event of rain

If rain is forecast, we will break the children into small groups based on age and spread the groups out among the church fellowship halls where they can be suitably distanced. The Cathedral of the Incarnation, First English Lutheran, Second Presbyterian, and University Baptist are all within a few blocks of each other. You will be informed in advance which church to drop off your child.

Location

Cathedral of the Incarnation
4 East University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218

Use Charles Street Entrance

Cost & Payment

$25 per child. You may pay by check, mobile text, or online. If you choose to text or pay online, we would be grateful if you would check the box to include processing fees.

  • Mail a check to Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Note VBS on the memo line.
  • Text “SeekShareServe VBS” to 73256 using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
  • Pay online through our secure payment system.

Registration

If you are thinking about registering your child, but aren’t sure about your schedule, we urge you to register now and cancel later if necessary.

Register here.

Questions? Contact one of our VBS Leaders

Rev. Sandra Carlson Alexis | First English Lutheran
Rev. Amy Carlson | Second Presbyterian
Rev. Dr. Isaac Mwase | University Baptist
Anne Stick | Cathedral of the Incarnation

VBS Up-Cycled Donation List

Up-cycling is the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. We’re seeking the following items for our VBS craft projects.

  • Glass jars with lids
  • Plastic bottle caps—all colors and sizes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Oatmeal canisters
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic containers (detergent, food tubs, soda bottles, etc.–colors especially welcome)
  • Coffee cans (plastic coffee containers ok too)
  • Colorful fabric/clothing scraps
  • Old buttons and beads
  • Corks
  • CDs

If you have (or can collect) some of these items, please contact Anne Stick at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.