VBS at Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler TX in 2017

by admin on May 18, 2017

in Tyler Businesses

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Tis the time of year for mixed emotions. As a teacher, the end of the school year always comes like a deep breath, and a sense of satisfaction at completing another year. As a parent, however the end of the year can come like a moment of panic. I go from being in the classroom every day and grading homework to an events planner for my nine- year- old son. And I should add that he’s a very active nine- year- old boy, even by active nine- year- old boy standards. Fortunately, this is when having (or seeking out) a solid religious community really helps.

In East Texas, church sponsored Vacation Bible School Programs are a kind of rite of passage. They provide great summer activities for the kids in a safe environment, and at the same time offer a significant opportunity for faith formation. And this point shouldn’t be down played by the way. Many young people carry away from VBS, lessons and experiences that remain with them the rest of their lives.

Over the years VBS programs have really improved, and developed so that all kinds of churches are able to put together some really first class productions. Of course, my favorite would be the one put on by the church I happen to attend, namely Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler. The theme this year is “Created by God, Built for a Purpose.” As implied, this year will investigate the child’s worth, identity and value as rooted in the divine relationship. Lessons by the way, that even adults could benefit from.

This year, the church will be running two separate sessions of their VBS program (enrollment in either is free of course). The first runs from June 19th – the 22nd from 6—8 pm (yes in the afternoon and evenings), at the church’s new South Campus on Old Jacksonville south of the loop. The second session is the annual one which runs from June 26th—the 30th from 9am—noon, at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler. For more information or to register visit the church’s website at http://www.christchurchtyler.org/pages/childrens-ministry/vacation-bible-school .

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