Churches band together to bring communitywide VBS

by Jim Boyle


A group of directors of children’s and family ministries in the Elk River area have combined forces to see God in Action.

They are working together to put on a free outdoor Vacation Bible School on the evenings of July 14-18 at Lion’s Park in Elk River.

This partnership between River of Life (Michaela Langlais), Central Lutheran Church (Kirstin Gill), Church of Hope (Jolene Elrod), Twin Lakes Christian (Carter Teply) and Glory of Christ Fellowship (Kevin Feder) of Elk River as well as Christ Church (Peggy Domanus) in Otsego grew out of work together on a workshop about volunteerism in children’s ministries.

These directors see it as a chance to cut out redundancy and do outreach on a larger scale. One hope is to attract kids and families who are not currently connected to a church family who might consider enrolling for a week-long vacation bible school. (Note: All volunteers will be required to have a background check done on them.)

The theme of the VBS will be God in Action, and the goal is to attract 500 children and as many mothers and fathers as possible to volunteer. That’s one of the reasons that an evening timeslot of 6 to 8:30 p.m. was chosen. There will be worship at the beginning and end of each session. In between kids will move from station to station.

“We want to build relationships with the kids and parents,” Langlais said. “If they’re not connected, it’s our hope and prayer that they will become connected.”

Lion’s Park was chosen for its central location and the number of families who live with walking distance.

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