Church of the Good Samaritan put on our very first “Virtual” VBS the week of June 22-26! To our shock and amazement, we had over 130 kids sign up and the whole thing went amazingly well! We had kids from 5 different states - and one international participant! Our program was called “Stories Jesus Told” which had us look at 5 different parables from the Gospels: The Lost Sheep, The Wise and Foolish Builders, The Unforgiving Servant, The Good Samaritan, and The Sower.
Each day had live Zoom call in the morning that included games, songs, a memory verse, a skit, an animated presentation of the parable, and a lesson. The kids were encouraged to memorize Psalm 23 over the week and many rose up to the challenge! After the zoom call, students were able to go into their individual packages (that they picked up on June 21) which included crafts, activity pages, coloring pages, and suggested family activities for each day. We also made bonus videos that kids (and families) could watch on their own.
This VBS was actually built from scratch by a team of people from Good Sam and Lower Providence Presbyterian Church in Eagleville, PA. We had an extraordinary amount of people pitch in by making song videos, helping to pack the boxes, teaching lessons, and so SO much more.
One of the most unique elements we were able to add to this event (because it was “virtual”) was a “Link Sheet” which includes everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) from the VBS. Parents were — and still are — able to get more activities sheets, get craft instructions, and watch the videos with their kids long after the VBS is finished. In fact, YOU can check out these things too if you like! Just go to : www.tinyurl.com/SJT-link-sheet and enjoy!
Like many things during this pandemic, this event had to be very different than what we were all used to. However, we came out of the other end celebrating things that we were able to uniquely do because of the fact that it was virtual. It’s exciting to see that the Gospel message is just as powerful even when we are spreading it in ways that we never imagined before!
If you want to learn more about the VBS, feel free to contact Jonathan Hobbs (firstname.lastname@example.org).