VBS Helps Form Faith

Vacation Bible School is one important way that life-long faith is formed and nurtured. Stories, skits, games, crafts, songs, and snacks share Christ’s love in tangible fun ways. Learn more about the programs taking place this summer. And, be sure to thank the people in your congregation who make these important ministries happen!*

*Note: By the time you read this article, some of the events have already taken place. We keep them in the story so that you can see the rich diversity of events and activities offered in our synod congregations.

June 12-15
Passport to Peru VBS
Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3825 Concordia Road, Columbia
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
In this cross cultural program, children will learn about life and faith experiences of Peruvian students. VBS is open to children ages 3 through 12.  For more information or to preregister, call the church office at 285-4626.

June 12-16
Mighty Fortress: In Jesus the Victory is Won VBS
Mannsville Lutheran Church, Elliottsburg
9:00  to 11:30 a.m.
This daily VBS is for ages 3 through 8th grade. Bible School participants will present their closing program on Sunday, June 18.

June 19-22
Spirit Detective VBS
Trinity Lutheran Church, 47 W. Main St., Mount Joy
6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Children in grades three through five are invited to register for a week of fabulous faith-building fun. Click here to register or for more information.

June 19-23
The Water of Life: a Bible Day Camp
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 117 W. Keller St., Mechanicsburg
This camp is sponsored by the Mechanicsburg Area Lutheran churches and will be staffed by members of the Camp Nawakwa team. All children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade as of June are invited to attend. The week kicks off with a potluck dinner and celebration on Sunday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m. The camp will run M-F from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Childcare is available before camp beginning at 8:00 a.m. and after camp until 5:15 p.m. The cost per camper is $150. For more information contact Katie Swartz at (717) 766-4482.

June 25-29
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 Cocoa Ave., Hershey
6:00 – 8:15 p.m. (Optional dinner at 5:30 p.m.)
This is VBS for all ages, and there’s something for everybody! Click here to download a flyer with details.

June 26-30
CAMP OUT VBS: Getting S’more of Jesus!
St John’s Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, 23 S. 6th St., Columbia
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
On the last day, Friday, June 30, we are having a special show from Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. that is free and open to the community! Visit www.vbspro.events/p/stjohnscol to register on line or call the church office at 717-684-2763.

July 9-13
Maker Fun Factory VBS
Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
This VBS is for children ages four to sixth grade. Registration information is available at  at zionyork.org/vbs.

July 10-14
Maker Fun Factory VBS
Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, 14 State Rd., Mechanicsburg
6:15 – 8:30 p.m. (Dinner at 5:30 p.m.)
Crank up your creativity at Maker Fun Factory VBS coming soon to Trindle Spring Lutheran Church. Please note that this year’s program will begin on Monday night for both children and adults. Click here for registration information (scroll down page).

July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9
Mighty Fortress! Family VBS
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Orange St., Lititz
6:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Outdoor Pavilion
Families with kids ages itty bitty – 4th grade are invited to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with our VBS stations. Beginning with an brief worship at 6:00 p.m., families will travel to stations of stories, crafts, games and snacks to learn more about the victory that Jesus won for us.
Registration is free, and not necessary – but RSVP’s are appreciated (deaconemily@stpaullititz.net)

July 16-20
The Jesus Way
St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 30 W. Main St., New Kingstown
5:30 (light meal) 6:00 – 8:00 (program)
This week of fun, learning, and fellowship is FREE and open to children age 3 through 4th grade.

July 16-21
Maker Fun Factory VBS
Calvary Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Children’s programming for ages 3-12. Adult programming for ages 13 and up. VBS is free and open to the public. Online registration is open (closes July 15) at www.calvarylutherandover.org or vbspro.events/p/9353fb.

July 16-20
Inside out, Upside down on Main Street VBS
Co-sponsored by Zion Lutheran Enola and St. Paul’s Lutheran, Wertzville Road
6839 Wertzville Rd, Enola
6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Join us for a fresh look at some of Jesus’ parables! This VBS is for children pre-school through elementary. An adult class is also offered. We will conclude with a picnic on July 20. To inquire about registration, contact either St. Paul’s at 697-9675 or Zion at 732-9652.

July 17-21
Reformation Station VBS
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Rd., Lancaster
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Click here for more information and registration.

July 30 – August 3
Reformation Station VBS
Christ Lutheran Church, 15 S. Filey’s Rd., Dillsburg
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reformation station is for kids from preschool through 5th grade. For more information call the church office at 717-432-4878 or visit our website at www.clcfileys.com and find our 2017 VBS page under our events tab. Click here for a flyer.

Vacation Bible School isn’t the only way congregations are reaching out to children, youth, and families in their communities. Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy hosts a Choir Camp. Other congregations host technology and other arts-based programs. Have information to share? Please let us know!

July 29
Journey with Jesus
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 947 N. George St., York
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Casting for a brand-new, exciting community event is now underway. “Journey with Jesus”, an interactive experience for all ages and for believers and those curious about Jesus, will take place on Saturday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. rain or shine at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Volunteers are needed for speaking and non-speaking parts (script provided), for parking lot hospitality, and greeter guides. All are welcome to participate. An organizational meeting/rehearsal will be held on Saturday, July 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. Please call (717) 495-8894 or email pastorschlegel@live.com BY JUNE 30 to indicate your interest in participating. Please leave your name and phone number for a return call, when we will give you your assignment and 40-minute rehearsal time on 7/15.

July 31 – August 4
Children’s Choir Day Camp
Trinity Lutheran Church,  47 W. Main St., Mount Joy
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Choir Camp is an exciting, fun-filled (“arts filled”) experience for kids who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. We will meet daily, learning the music and lines to a musical, eating snacks and lunch together, playing games, having free time to explore some learning centers, making crafts, andhaving a good time together. We will then share our accomplishments with the entire congregation in two services on Sunday, August 6th! A $25 registration helps to offset costs. Need-based scholarships are available. Click here for a registration form and more information.