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VBS 2020

July 12 – August 15

All Aboard!

Sundays at 3pm
Diocesan YouTube channel
20-30 minute videos
Then keep the conversation going during Sunday dinner


All aboard for Vacation Bible School 2020! Our Church’s first-ever online VBS is ready for adventurous minds of all ages to explore Jesus in new and exciting ways.Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

Using Rocky Railway from Group, we’ll leave the station into the wilderness as we explore Jesus’ role in our lives through pre-produced videos and songs, locally led skits, and scripture led by church leaders from across our diocesan family.

Traveling through topics like friendship, loyalty, disappointment, sadness, and resurrection, we’ll learn together and support our viewers with faith-based conversations for the whole family.

How it Works

This Spring we boldly thought where no formation leaders had thought before, then spoke with others who were thinking the same thoughts… what about Vacation Bible School? We combined our divine inspiration and are proud to offer Virtual VBS!

During this unprecedented season of prevention, many members of our diocesan family have made collaborative steps toward producing VBS for our congregations and other ecumenical partners. Using Rocky Railway from Group, as a springboard, we’ll explore Jesus’ role in our lives through pre-produced videos and songs, locally produced skits, scripture, and prayers led by church leaders from across our diocese. Starting July 12th, these 20-30 minute videos will premiere each Sunday afternoon at 3pm, and could be a great opportunity for our families to explore faith, together, then continue the conversation during dinner that night.

No Registration Required

This video series is available for anyone who wants it. Premiering weekly on the diocesan YouTube channel or Facebook page at 3pm each Sunday afternoon, we’ll gather to create community as we continue to learn about Jesus’ presence in our lives.

Crowdsourced Ministry

Using this curriculum from Group, we’ll enjoy their professionally produced videos with stories and songs then bring it local for our own take on the topics. Each segment in the program will have opportunities for volunteers to record videos for each segment during the episode; Welcome then Opening Prayer, Lesson from Scripture, Skits, a Science Activity (following provided lessons), and Wrap up with Closing Prayer.

Weekly Schedule

Welcome then Opening Prayer – Volunteer

Pre-recorded song – from Group

Bible Lesson/Skit – Volunteer(s)

Pre-recorded Video – from Group

Science Activity – Volunteer

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – Volunteer

At a Glance

Listed below are the 5 weeks of VBS. Each week includes: a Bible lesson, key verse, and opportunities for volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Jennie Morse or Greg Tuttle. Thank you!

These are onscreen opportunities, to be clear. Many students and adult leaders are skilled with editing video, if you’d like to be part of the adventure in that way, please contact Greg Tuttle.

Week 1:
July 12

Bible Lesson: Ananias helps Saul (Acts 9:1-19)

Key Verse: “For I can do everything through Christ.”–Philippians 4:13


Volunteer opportunities:

Welcome then Opening Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Bible Story — present in as creative a way as you’d like then offer a quick reflection

Skit — Ananias

Science — see lesson provided

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – 2-3 minutes


Week 2:
July 19

Bible Lesson: Paul encourages other in a shipwreck (Acts 27)

Key Verse: “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”–Psalm 31:24


Volunteer opportunities:

Welcome then Opening Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Bible Story — present in as creative a way as you’d like then offer a quick reflection

Science — see lesson provided

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – 2-3 minutes


Week 3:
July 26

Bible Lesson: Peter and John teach about Jesus (Acts 3:1)

Key Verse: “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”–Isaiah 40:29


Volunteer Opportunities:

Welcome then Opening Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Bible Story — present in as creative a way as you’d like then offer a quick reflection

Science — see lesson provided

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – 2-3 minutes


Week 4:
Aug. 2

Bible Lesson: Jesus dies and comes back to life (Matthew 26:17)

Key Verse: “The spirit of the God, who raised Jesus from the dead, is in you.”–Romans 8:11


Volunteer Opportunities:

Welcome then Opening Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Bible Story — present in as creative a way as you’d like then offer a quick reflection

Skit – Peter (two actors recorded via Zoom)

Science — see lesson provided

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – 2-3 minutes


Week 5:
Aug. 9

Bible Lesson: The church is united (Acts 2:42-47)

Key Verse: “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”–John 15:12


Volunteer Opportunities:

Welcome then Opening Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Bible Story — present in as creative a way as you’d like then offer a quick reflection

Science – see lesson provided

Wrap up then Closing Prayer – 2-3 minutes

Quick Reminders!

Please upload all videos 10 days prior to release date (For example: Week 1 videos will need to be submitted by July 2)

View the weekly videos! On Facebook or on YouTube

Formation Leaders: Email Charlette Preslar (cpreslar@mockup.edsd.org) to host these videos on your church’s platform

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