June 7-10, 2022 (Tues-Fri.)
For children and families – all ages
Get ready for VBS! We are on a roll with God and we want you to roll up to our VBS Food Truck Party! We invite all ages to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11 — Give us this day our daily bread. These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God. Join us for a Food Truck Celebration on Friday, June 10th, open to the community!
Cost is $50/family, and financial assistance is available. Register online at palmaceia.org. Questions? Contact Allison Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Does VBS Look Like This Year?
By Allison Kelly
Give us this day our daily bread: These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God — and that it’s by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met.
Two years ago, the Children and Families Team quickly assembled a staycation Bible School for families to take home during the summer and experience at their own pace. We culminated the summer with a spaced-out celebration in our church parking lot. It was like bread for the journey, and it’s what we needed to remember God’s goodness and faithfulness heading into a new and uncertain school year.
Last summer, more than 90 disciples gathered in family tribes as the sun set by the Sea of Galilee. In the courtyard, sanctuary, and fellowship hall, we encountered Jesus in transforming ways as first century Hebrews, remembering again how God led and sustained the people through the Passover meal and the manna in the dessert. Looking back, we see so clearly, God gave us just enough to go on to get to our next destination.
These variations of VBS certainly were not what we are used to at Palma Ceia Presbyterian. VBS historically serves as a vibrant witness to a far-reaching community with a multitude of volunteers and children loved as God’s own during that holy and sacred first week of June.
Much has changed in our world over the past few years. Much is different in the lives of our families and congregation, too. The increased need to work, the shifting of vacation rhythms, and the need to keep up with kids’ camp schedules makes it simply too complicated to participate and volunteer in the morning for five days. These shifts led the Children and Families Team to try to tap into the place where the energy and enthusiasm culminates for helping with VBS this year. Regardless of our kids’ camps, daycare, and most work schedules during the day, we found that the majority of our families can participate in an evening VBS for a short period of time. Although this schedule is not what we originally hoped for, nor does it top the multitude we had just a few years ago, the team is following where they believe God is leading us this year to strengthen consistency and safety for everyone.
We trust God will do the improbable again and bring us new manna each day as we plan for VBS this year. We invite your participation, and we are certainly going to need your help with food prepping, getting our chefs’ supplies ready, and helping us get our dance moves on. This year’s theme, Food Truck Party, invites children, youth, and adults of all ages to get on a roll with God as a parade of food trucks rolls into our neighborhood! At the center of the Food Truck Party is a special food truck called “On a Roll.” Here, Kids (or “Chefs”) will learn from the food truck’s Top Chef, along with DJ Cupcake, about the Daily Specials (Daily Learnings), which are lines from the well-loved prayer of Matthew 6:11 that teaches us to turn to God to meet our daily needs: Give us this day our daily bread.
Register online here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=Pbtmxa