Youth Group News – July

Thanks to the many youth who have already been helping with VBS set-up this week! Here is our schedule for upcoming Sunday evening activities:

Sunday, July 15 – The first night of VBS (FREE Dinner at 5:20PM and VBS begins at 6:00PM). We are grateful that so many of you have signed up to be workers in VBS.

Sunday, July 22 – Celebrate the end of VBS with food and outdoor water games – 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Wear clothes that can get wet!

Sunday, July 29 – Youth and families trip to see the Durham Bulls – meet at the church at 3:45PM. Tickets will be provided, but you will need to bring money for snacks.  Please let Pastor Bill know if you are planning to attend the game so we will make sure we have enough tickets for everyone who wants to attend.

Sunday, August 5 – Pool Party and cookout – 3:00PM – 6:30PM.  Contact the church office for details!

Shipwrecked – VBS 2018 – Opportunities to Serve!

Shipwrecked – VBS 2018
July 15 – 20
Rescued By Jesus

Can you imagine children having fun while they worship and learn about God?  Come and experience it at this year’s Shipwrecked VBS which is open to  children ages 3 – rising 6th grade and will be held Sunday, July 15 – Friday, July 20 from 5:20 pm – 8:20 pm.

At this year’s Vacation Bible School, we will help children explore these awesome biblical truths:

  • When you’re lonely… Jesus rescues!
  • When you worry… Jesus rescues!
  • When you struggle… Jesus rescues!
  • When you do wrong… Jesus rescues!
  • When you’re powerless… Jesus rescues!

God has laid before us an awesome opportunity to share His love and grow His Kingdom. Will you join us at this year’s VBS by sharing your God-given gifts and abilities to help reach the hearts of children and families in our community? Volunteers are needed to serve as Crew Leaders, Station Rotation Leaders (Bible Story, Games, Imagination Station Crafts/Gizmos, Missions and/or Kid-Vid), and as members of the Decorating Team, Prayer Team, Registration & Hospitality Team, Security Team, Kitchen Team, Technology & Sound Team, Set-Up/Clean-Up Crew, and Media Team (photographer/videographer).

We are grateful for the times you have answered the call to Hope Valley’s Bible School ministry in the past, and we look forward to serving with you as we help young people (and adults) discover the wonder of what it means to be Rescued by Jesus at Shipwrecked VBS! Registration is open for Volunteers and Participants—so don’t delay—register today!

Shipwrecked VBS Training Sessions

Because we want to ensure you are as prepared as possible for our island excursion, we will offer three Wednesday Evening Training Sessions from 6:30-7:30 pm beginning on May 30 to help Crew Leaders and Station Leaders study the Bible points and stories in greater detail. Stay tuned for more information!

Items Needed for VBS 2018:

Lend (will be returned at the end of VBS):

  • Christmas Tree Stands
  • Rope Lights
  • Fishing net
  • Life ring/life jacket
  • Plastic wading pools

Donate:

  • Pool Noodles
  • Fishing net
  • Cardboard Tubes (gift-wrap or carpet tubes)
  • Green Hula Hoops
  • Paper Towel Tubes
  • Green Crepe Paper
  • Plastic Tablecloths (Green and Brown)
  • Bubble solution
  • Beach mats
  • Masking tape
  • Black Foam Core Board (4 large sheets)
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Grass/Raffia Skirts/Table Skirts
  • Cellophane (all colors)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Chenille wires (pipe cleaners)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Plastic wading pools
  • Bandanas (10)
  • Beach balls
  • Ping pong balls (30)
  • Empty cleaned out 1-gallon milk jugs (25)

Shipwrecked!

Thank you for your interest in Shipwrecked VBS
at Hope Valley Baptist Church.
Online pre-registration is now closed.
At-the-door registration will open on Sunday, July 15 at 5:20pm in the HVBC Family Life Center.

Additional Information about VBS can be found here.
Questions?
Contact Amy Herring, Minister of Children and Families.

 


Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive! Anchor kids in the Truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

July!

July is certainly a crazy, busy, and even weird month around Hope Valley Baptist Church, but even though I am feeling tired in the midst of VBS week, I am truly thankful. Each night in Bible School, the children share “God sightings,” and it is interesting to hear the answers they offer. As I write this article during the early part of VBS week, let me say that I have had so many God sightings already this month as part of my involvement with this wonderful church.

  • I have seen God in the smiles, laughter, and enthusiasm of more than 100 children who have attended VBS in the first two nights.
  • I have seen God in the energy and creativity of our HVBC family as you have decorated, prepared, taught, and loved the children who have been attending VBS. I am thankful beyond measure for the ways I see you making God’s love and presence visible in this vital week of ministry. It is truly a privilege to be pastor of a congregation that invests so generously of time, talents, and re-sources in the children of this community. There are simply too many people who deserve thanks to list in this column, but I am so grateful for the leadership and time that Amy and Jonathan Herring have given to make all these details come together.
  • I have seen God in watching adults of all ages involved in working with VBS. What a gift it is for our children to see young adults, middle-agers, and even older adults giving of themselves to serve and love children. Similarly, it was a treat to hear that the recent Bridal Shower for Hannah Stoops brought church family members from age 7 to the middle to upper 90s together to celebrate a happy time in the life of one of our members. I love serving a multi-generational church and think this serves as a wonderful reminder of how church ought to look
  • I have seen God as I have watched children dance and jump with joyous abandon during VBS songs, praising God with not only their voices, but also with their whole bodies. Though Baptists have traditionally been known for their support of dancing, I can’t help but think that dancing King David would smile at the scenes I see in our sanctuary each night.
  • I have seen God as I have heard children tell with great detail the Biblical stories they learned earlier in the evening in their VBS classes. Amidst all the wiggling and seeming distractedness, many kids are hearing and learning the stories and message of Scripture.
  • I have seen God as our youth shared on Sunday morning about their experiences at Passport Missions Camp last week. I was privileged to drive up and spend a day with the youth, and I felt extremely blessed to be able to watch our youth working hard at mission sites, laughing together during free times, worship-ping together, and sharing with each other the ways God is working in their lives. We are blessed with a remarkable group of young people who are growing in faith and in their commitment to serve God collectively and individually.
  • I have seen God as I watched our youth open their “Camp Buddy” letters on the night I was with them. I sensed that they really appreciated the support of the adult members of this congregation and understood the significance of knowing that their church family prays for them and supports them.

I see God at work in many ways and am blessed by the ways I see you using your gifts and talents to serve God, the church, and this community. Thank you for the opportunity to walk with you through life and ministry.

Bil