What would summer be without VBS!? Luckily, we won’t have to find out! In fact, St. Stephen’s has been working hard to figure out a way to bring the magic of VBS to everyone – of all ages!
We would like to announce this totally unique virtual experience for kids, teens… and adults!!
We hope you’ll join us as we armor up in our King’s protection and move through an incredible 5 week program that is sure to bring you and your family closer to God!
CLICK HERE to Register!
July 13 – August 14
$50 for 5 weeks of VBS for kids in PreK-6th Grade
(Price includes VBS T-Shirt, craft supplies, VBS music CD, activity book and more!)
Join us for 5 weeks of virtual learning, playing, creating and singing as we embark on a new, exciting VBS adventure! Cokesbury’s VBS 2020, Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book.
Over the course of 5 weeks, children will have access to the following virtual materials and resources:
- Weekly live group gatherings with songs, stories and prayer.
- Weekly bible stories followed by interactive videos that bring the stories to life!
- Weekly Arts & Crafts activities, including take-home supplies for each craft!
- Weekly Sports & Recreation how-to videos that will bring the outdoor fun of VBS to your home with awesome family activities!
- Weekly song and dance how-to videos, complete with music videos featuring the songs you love from VBS!
- NEW THIS YEAR! Awesome science experiment tutorials to keep the bible story for each week alive through science!
- A virtual photo bulletin board to share your VBS experience with others!
- Weekly virtual camp-wide sing-a-longs and virtual Bible Trivia!
*T-Shirt and supply kits will be available for a no-contact pick-up at church on 7/11 & 7/12.
Activities can be completed on your schedule – all videos (except our weekly live group gathering) will be pre-recorded.
Flexible schedule leading up to our VBS: Kids! Program beginning July 13.
(Price includes VBS T-shirt, VBS Music CD and more!)
There’s a summer leadership and service opportunity for teens at St Stephen that we want to tell you about.
We invite your teen to consider becoming a video producer, making pre-recorded content to be shared as part of our Virtual VBS for PreK-5th graders. The pre-recorded videos will be shared weekly from July 13 – August 14 with families who sign their kids up for Virtual VBS!
If your teen wants to do some service this summer, this would be a perfect way to receive service hours and to be a part of something truly special!
Video interns/producers would devote time to planning, recording and editing each short video, which can be recorded on any phone, tablet or device. They can sign up to produce at least 2 videos, or more if desired.
We know the Video Producer Crew will end up with a very positive Summer of 2020 service story to tell, and something to enjoy doing and be proud of. Most videos can me made remotely, if your family is not in town.
We’ll provide teens with a basic outline for each video — teens will have that guidance and lots of room for their own creativity.
- Crafts – How-to Videos for Kids (Craft supplies will be provided.)
- Sports/Recreation Activity – Demos of at Home Activities for Kids (List of ideas will be provided.)
- Music – Leader of Weekly Songs and Music Time (CD of Songs and simple Dances will be provided.)
Programs will run during the weeks of July 13 – August 14. Class day/times are TBD.
(Price includes an adult VBS T-shirt and class materials. Payment will be due once the classes are confirmed.)
This summer St. Stephens will have Virtual VBS for EVERYONE! Yes, adults get a chance to join in on the fun and have an opportunity to learn more about our faith! We hope that you’ll choose to participate in one of these opportunities for fellowship and learning. There will be a $20 fee to participate – payment will be due once the class dates/times have been confirmed.
Here is what will be offered:
- The Letter to the Ephesians: Wednesdays with Whitney…
There’s a joke about Episcopalians… An Episcopalian opened the Bible and said, “I didn’t know that there was so much of the Book of Common Prayer in here.”The Letter to the Ephesians has so many quotable quotes that sustain us as a Christian community, many of which you can find in our BCP. You’re invited to study this important book in a small group. If you find yourself saying when you pick up the BCP, “Wow. These words are just what I needed.” Wait until you become familiar with scripture. There’s more in store! Discover how this ancient text can sustain us during these difficult times.
- Anti-Racist Study Group: Facilitated by Vivian Altopp and Emma Bruce
This study group believes that everyone is capable of recognizing, unlearning, and dismantling the oppressive structures of our current society. We are all teachers and learners in this space. This group will provide educational resources, and a space for learning about systemic racism, anti-racism, and white supremacy. We value community, pleasure and joy, grief, authentic communication and active listening.
We are guided by the following principles: Our current societal structure is built on the foundation of white supremacy; Racism is found at the individual, institutional, and cultural level; The work of this group is a part of the national movement for racial equity and justice; Black activists, dreamers, and thinkers have been leading this work for decades. We honor and uplift their voices as we awaken to this historic movement; This work is liberation. It is self-preservation.
What does being “anti-racist” mean? What is white supremacy, and how does racism fit into that? This study group will be one of both unlearning and relearning; unlearning the places we have fallen into the arms of white supremacy and relearning our tools for resilience and community accountability. Through exercise, discussion, and literature, we will work as a group to share, unpack, support, heal, and reconcile our collective and individual prejudices.
This is a non-discriminatory space open to all ages, queer and trans folx, and is non-religious, but an openness to the spiritual nature of this work is greatly welcomed. In activism, no one is left behind.
- A Covid-19 Spiritual Survival Kit (Facilitator TBD) Four outstanding Episcopal presenters provide the video content of this small group: James Farwell, Stephanie Spellers, Dorothy Linthicum, and Bonnie Perry.
- Bridging the Political Divide (Facilitated by Marcy Kelly)
As we know, we are in the midst of what may be the most polarizing and contentious elections in recent U.S. history. Many observers note that the political rancor and rhetoric has reached all time highs, injecting unprecedented fear, division, and unease into our culture.How do we make sense of this? How do people of faith respond? How do we remain calm and centered amidst our difference and tension, taking our roles as peacemakers and even prophets, seriously?
- Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse (Facilitator TBD)
How many of us have ever prayed, ’Lord make me an instrument of your peace,’ then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seem impossible?This course is for you.Designed by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and its Department of Faith Formation, Make Me an Instrument is a free, 5-week course designed to help us bridge the divides that keep us from moving forward.
- Prayer and Worship in Our Homes (Facilitated by Kevin Kingman and Abigail Wattley)
In this course, you will find five classes that teach different approaches to prayer. Some focus on particular types of prayer discipline. Others talk about reaching out and praying with others, even when we’re physically isolated from one another.
Adult Volunteers Needed!
Interested in being a ’virtual’ story reader? We are looking for a few volunteers who can record (either audio or video) a weekly bible story that will be shared with the children participating in Virtual VBS: Kids!
Please contact Sara Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!