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Children and Youth – July/August 2023

Update from the Director of Education Ministries -- Amy Grella - 412-801-3723

Vacation Bible School 2023

Join us on a journey to Mars and Beyond on an adventure to explore

God's love through music, craft, games and fellowship together. Bower

Hill's summer VBS will follow a youth-leader model again this year;

with pre-school (potty-trained) through 2nd grade attending from 9:30

a.m. - noon each day. Older youth from 3rd grade and up will serve as

helpers in the morning, then stay through 3:00 p.m. each day for more in-depth activities just for them. Registration closes June 30 - Here are links to register children and youth volunteers to attend, or for adult volunteers (age 18 and over).

Your Help is needed to make VBS a success!

When kids were asked what they remember most about their VBS experiences, the top responses include memories of time spent with older youth and adults. Our volunteers are what make a child’s experience memorable. Simply put, VBS isn’t VBS without you! We are especially in need of adults to support our youth - leader model for this summer's VBS which takes place July 31 - August 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Even if

you can only help one or two days. Please sign up to volunteer using this link. Thank you for joining us as we prepare a memorable experience for our young children this year!

VBS Youth Leader Volunteer Training and Decorating Days

Lots of hands make light work! All older youth (completed 3rd grade and up) registered to help lead VBS this year need to attend one of the following decorating / training sessions. The sessions will be on Sundays: July 16, 23, and 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The purpose of these meetups is to align our youth helpers with a specific job for the week, set expectations, and answer questions. Then we will work to decorate and prepare the church for VBS. Your youth leader may attend all of them, but please make every attempt to be here for at least one so that all youth leaders are ready for VBS. All crafty/creative adults are welcome to these work sessions as well to help prepare for VBS. Contact Amy if you have any questions.

Summer Sunday School and Nursery Coverage

Children from preschool through 8th grade are invited to meet directly downstairs in room 110 before worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Kids will hear a short children’s sermon/Biblical-based lesson and then have time to socialize and enjoy our playground. Older youth (5th-8th grade) are invited to join and help lead activities like chalk, crafting, or games for the younger kids. Slots are still available for adult volunteers to help with Summer Sunday School. Please use this link to sign up. Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available in the nursery during the worship service as usual, but there will be no second hour coverage.

Youth Group Updates

Puerto Rico Mission Trip July 1-7

A team of 8 people, 6 youth and 2 adults, will travel to Puerto Rico for a mission trip with Praying Pelican Mission (PPM). Our PPM trip leader will be maintaining a blog during our trip to share some group experiences and pictures while we are away. Here is the link to follow along on our trip:

Please keep this team in your thoughts and prayers as they serve this week.


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