Vacation Bible School @ Gethsemane

Online - July 20-24

Thanks to technology and creative minds we are able

to offer this VBS program in an online format!

The week of online VBS will be July 20-24, and is open

to all children ages four - entering 5th grade this fall.

VBS will include videos, craft ideas, snack ideas, and a 

one hour google classroom virtual storytelling time.

9am-10am geared toward younger kids (preK-2nd)

11am-12pm geared for older kids (3rd-5th)

You can choose which google classroom your child joins. Information on how to join will be sent to those who sign up.

Registration is free! Sign up by June 29th so we know how many to plan for as we will provide craft materials. Register by clicking the "Register Now" button. Only one registration per family is needed. There will be an option to purchase a t-shirt for $20.

The volunteer form is now open! We need volunteers heading into 7th grade and up. Click here to fill out the form. Applications will be accepted through June 29. 

“On Earth As in Heaven” Vacation Bible School

In the Large Catechism, Martin Luther reminds us that prayer is something “great and precious.” To pray is to give voice to our needs and our trust in God, who meets them.

But to pray is much more than this too. In thanksgiving, prayer gives voice to the things that bring us together. In lament, prayer gives voice to the things that rend us apart. Theologian Karl Barth is believed to have said that “to clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” To pray is to lay bare the pain of the world and to trust God to transform it — and to strengthen us to be part of this transformation.

“On Earth As in Heaven” invites children and adults to (re-)experience the Lord’s Prayer and to see the connections between prayer and service in the world. As the church prays and plays together, we also serve together and walk together toward a just world where all are fed. The stories for each day lift up churches and communities around the world who are prayerfully and powerfully doing their part in this work, while celebrating the diversity with which God has gifted the world.

Day 1 Theme: Zero Hunger.
Focus Prayer: "Give us today our daily bread."
Bible Story: The feeding of 5,000 (Matthew 14: 13-21)
Day 2 Theme: Good Health.
Focus Prayer: "Your will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven."
Bible Story: People lower their friend through a roof to Jesus. (Luke 5: 17-39)
Day 3 Theme: Gender Equality.
Focus Prayer: "Your kingdom come."
Bible Story: Mary Magdalene and Mary meet the resurrected Jesus. (Matthew 28: 1-15)
Day 4 Theme: Education.
Focus Prayer: "Hallowed be your name."
Bible Story: Jesus sends the disciples. (Luke 9: 1-2, 10-11)
Day 5 Theme: Peace. 
Focus Prayer: "For the kingdom, the power, and the glory, are yours now and forever."
Bible Story: Jesus appears to the disciples.  (Luke 24: 36-49)

“On Earth As in Heaven” explores the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer for our world today, using one petition each day to explore faith, justice and the work to which God is calling us. The program this year is unique in that each day focuses on one petition from the prayer and ties the petition to one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in easily accessible ways.

We are able to keep our costs low thanks in part to financial support from Thrivent Financial and our generous Gethsemane members. You or your children do not need to be members of Gethsemane to join in the Vacation Bible School Fun!

Questions? Contact Gretchen Jenson VBS Co-Chair

We are a Reconciling in Christ Church

ELCA Lutheran Church
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