Loving our Neighbors!

At Vacation Bible School, 

we spend the week getting a huge dose of God’s love. There are so many things we could teach the kids about our Creator, and it is our hope that they leave with spiritual growth in a few areas: growing closer to God, growing closer to one another, and growing closer in community. This is why we have chosen to support a very local mission during VBS this year. Each summer, our Neighborhood Ministry Team collects school supplies and backpacks to pass out to families in our congregation and neighborhood. We are partnering with the Neighborhood Ministry Team this year to help collect even more supplies for children throughout the week of VBS.

One of our goals at VBS is to teach children to reach out to one another in times of need. We want them to understand that hard times can happen to anyone, and when a person goes through something tough, God calls us to offer our friendship and support. We want our children to grow in compassion and understanding, and we hope to help them see that we all go through our own struggles, and in those struggles we can choose kindness and love again and again. On July 9-13, we will grow together each day from 9:00-11:30 a.m. We will celebrate together with all families at a picnic on the church lawn on Friday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. and we will show off the kids’ musical talents on Sunday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. worship in the PLC. Register for VBS today on the Children’s page at our St. John’s website!

You can also give to this project by bringing school supplies to St. John’s on Sundays or throughout the week during office hours starting in July.

Supplies needed are:

  • Boxes of 24 crayons
  • Book bags
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • 2.5-inch pink erasers
  • Ballpoint pens (not gel)
  • 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college-ruled paper
  • 12-inch ruler with inches and centimeters
  • Blunt-pointed scissors
  • Pencil boxes
  • Box of colored pencils
  • Glue

All donations will be given to Springfield area students in August.

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