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LOVE FIRST - Vacation Bible School at Christ Episcopal Church

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Christ Episcopal Church

400 San Juan Drive

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

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"If it's not about love, it's not about God."
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

At Love First VBS, children will discover that:

All people are lovable in the eyes of God, no exceptions (Love Self).
I am called to love and care for people in need (Love Neighbor).
I can see and feel God’s love in my life (Love God).

Your kids won't want to miss this awesome week full of music, crafts, games, and bible stories!

VBS is made possible by the service of adult and youth volunteers. Come serve with us - it's a blast! Our outstanding nursery hosts a complimentary mini-VBS for the children of adult volunteers who are too young to be campers. Five-day adult volunteers also receive discounted registration for one camper ($40 off). Five-day volunteers who register during the early church member period, please pay full price and the discount will be refunded to you.

Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14


PLEASE NOTE: VBS will fill up early for campers within a few days of registration opening. We will also have fewer youth volunteers this year, so those spots will fill up quickly. Please mark your calendar and register early, and if your plans change, please let know as soon as possible so that your spot can go to a camper or volunteer on the waitlist.


Camper Info: VBS is for children who will be four years old before 6/24/19 (no exceptions) through rising 5th graders. All grades used during registration should be RISING grades (2019/2020 school year). Children with special needs may be assigned a buddy - an adult or older teenager who will discretely accompany him/her during camp. If you are interested in having a buddy for your child, please select that option during registration.

Waitlist: Space is limited. To be added to the waitlist, please email Catherine Montgomery with the subject line "VBS Waitlist." Please be sure to include your camper's or youth volunteer's name and rising school grade (2019/2020). Waitlisted campers will be notified by email if a spot opens in the same age group. Preference may be given to the children of adults who are willing to volunteer. Because we expect to be full, please notify us as soon as possible if your plans change, so that your spot may be offered to someone else.

5th Grade Mission Excursion: Rising 5th grade campers will have an offsite mission opportunity, which requires additional health and medical information (dates of immunizations, etc.). Parents of rising 5th graders should have that information handy when registering their child. Parents of 5th graders will drop off and pick up that day as usual. This year's trip will be to the newest worksite of Beaches Habitat for Humanity, near the intersection of Mayport Road and A1A. The increased camper fee for 5th grade covers the cost of bus transportation.

Volunteers - Come serve with us! Adult and youth volunteers (rising 6th-12th graders) are needed to make this week super fun and meaningful for the kids! All volunteers should plan to arrive at VBS no later than 8:30. Youth volunteer pick-up is at 12:30 each day, on the upper deck of the parking garage. Youth, please plan to remain at VBS until 2:00 on Friday to help with breakdown (additional service hours available), followed by a youth volunteer party in our Youth House.

Five-day adult volunteers also receive discounted registration for one camper ($40 off). Five-day volunteers who register during the early church member period, please pay full price and the discount will be refunded to you.

The nursery will have a fun mini-VBS week planned for children of volunteers who are too young to attend VBS (on volunteering days only). Reservations are required for the nursery -- please note this step during volunteer registration if you need nursery care.

Deadlines: Camper and youth volunteer registration will close on May 24th or when maximum capacity is reached.

Next steps: Registered campers will receive instructions by email the week before camp. Volunteers will be contacted by email in May regarding volunteer meetings and instructions. All volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend one of two volunteer training sessions, will be on June 13th and June 20th at 7:00 pm (same information, two options to attend).

Save the date!: Please plan to join us for a special VBS celebration in the contemporary worship service at Christ Church on Sunday, June 30th, at 11:15 am. Campers and volunteers should wear their VBS t-shirts. Family members, come as you are!

FAQs

Who can I contact with any questions? Catherine Montgomery, Director of Children's Formation and Family Ministries, cmontgomery@christepiscopalchurch.org.

What is the refund policy? The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Does my child need to be a member of Christ Episcopal Church? No, all children are welcome!

Are scholarships available? Yes. No camper will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Please contact Catherine Montgomery at cmontgomery@christepiscopalchurch.org for details. Scholarship requests are confidential.

Can campers choose friends they'd like to be in the same group with? Yes, during registration, camper parents can state the names of up to three friends they'd like their child to be placed with. All efforts will be made to place your child with at least one of the listed friends.

Can volunteers choose the area in which they'd like to serve? During registration, adult and youth volunteers can choose the areas they are most interested in. Requests will be honored wherever possible. Youth volunteers, please be sure to select at least two areas of service you are intersted in. If they are both full, you'll be placed in the area of greatest need.

Can youth volunteers request friends they'd like to work with? In order to provide the best experience for our campers, volunteers may not request placement with friends. Volunteers have a great time at VBS, but the focus is on service to our campers. If two friends request the same area of service, however, they may end up serving together. Youth will serve as camper group guides (one youth and two adults per camper group) and rotation assistants.

I'd like to help out, but I can't volunteer all five days of VBS. Is that okay? Yes! Camper Group Guides must volunteer Monday through Friday, for the best camper experience. But volunteers in other areas can volunteer Monday - Friday or partial week assignments if needed. Please enter your availability where indicated during registration.

Can my service as a youth volunteer count towards needed service hours? Check with your school counselor to make sure that service at a church is eligible. Public school districts and private schools may have different criteria for eligibility. Proof of service hours will be available after VBS for all youth volunteers.

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