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Season of Joy – St. Nick’s News for June 20, 2024

Full St. Nick’s News for June 20, 2024

Dear friends,

Here’s a little bit of fun Vacation Bible School (VBS) trivia for you –

Fact #1 – In 1894, Sunday School teacher D. T. Miles, was tired of the limited time she had teaching the Bible to children, so she created the first Vacation Bible School in Hopedale, Illinois. This effort enrolled forty students and lasted four weeks. She taught in a local school and had recess in a local park.

Fact #2 – Over time, different churches and teachers offered “Everyday Bible Schools” and “Daily Vacation Bible Schools” throughout the United States.

Fact #3 – In 1923 the first ever Vacation Bible School Printed Curriculum was created by Standard Publishing.

How fun is that? Our JOY Camp is part of a tradition that dates back to 1894 in the United States.

At St. Nick’s we do not offer VBS in a fussy and school-like manner. Our VBS is offered for our entire congregation and this year we have some fun intergenerational learning activities!

  • Come for dinner and chat with others over a movie inspired meal – movie meals from Elf, The Grinch, and Home Alone.
  • Come and hear our Christmas Story without the rush of the Holiday season
  • Come and create Arts and Crafts that help retell the story
  • Come and praise and make a joyful noise as we pray, sing, and worship
  • Come and join in the Games – so many games!
  • Christmas Hymn/Song Bingo with Prizes!
  • Christmas Nativity Trivia with Prizes!
  • Christmas Minute to Win It with Prizes!
  • Christmas Jeopardy with Prizes!
  • Acting out the Nativity
  • A visit from Nativity animals from Winding Branch Ranch
  • An Angel Tree Outreach for the animals at Winding Branch Ranch

As with everything at St. Nick’s you can invite your family and friends – young and old to join us for dinner, learning, laughter, and fun. We even have play snow and play-doh for our littlest ones. Bring their play clothes and pjs for a fun night.

Here’s a reminder for the dates and times to prepare for JOY Camp and for the celebration of JOY Camp.

  • June 23rd – JOY Camp Volunteer Meeting 10:45am with Jena
  • June 25th – Prep and Decorating for JOY Camp 4:30 to when we are done – all ages welcome to help.
  • June 26-28th – JOY Camp – Intergenerational Vacation Bible School – from toddlers to nineties – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • June 29th – Congregation Pool Party 4:30pm to 7:30pm – all are invited!

As with all of our events, we would love to have you for the whole thing but know that sometimes you can just make a day or two. That is okay too! Just fill out our form online or at the church and we will add you to our RSVP.

One way to help with the event – bring your favorite Christmas Dessert and favorite drinks – juice, seltzer waters, water, etc. for one of the days.

And if you can’t make it, you can come to the church on the Sunday before and after JOY Camp (that’s this Sunday and next) and receive an Angel tag for the Winding Branch Ranch Animals. As you can imagine, summer is a hard time for the animals and a hard time for the ranch to get volunteer help. If you are interested in learning more or helping Winding Branch Ranch, you can check out their website to check out their animals and needs.

If you can come or are away, I also ask for your prayers for this event and our time together:

Abundant and loving God,

We are in a season of summer fun and delights! We thank You for warm breezes, a slower pace, and the beauty of rain that blesses Your creation.

Fill us with JOY in the next few weeks that we may hear Your Word anew and be filled with the knowledge of Your great love for us in the Christ-child, Jesus.

Help us to grow in new friendships as well as growth in our faith. Help us to learn to love You and one another with grace, patience, and deep friendship.

Set Your Word on our hearts and in our minds that we may know You are always with us, guiding us… loving us… blessing us.

We pray all of this with trust and confidence of Your great Love for us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

God’s Peace, Love, and Blessings,
Beth+