9 a.m. – Noon* /// June 24-28, 2019 

*Note: rising 5th and 6th graders have extended programming (until 3 p.m.) Tuesday and Thursday during VBS. 

Watch our opening and closing here!

Break Down Day – Friday, June 28

All Volunteers Needed
No matter your role, we need you! If you are a room leader, this is your day to help get our campus ready for Sunday. If you are not leading a room, we need your help around the campus!

Pizza lunch and childcare is provided for those who help clean-up!

VBS Sing

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 9:30 A.M. IN THE SANCTUARY. All ROAR volunteers and campers wear your VBS shirts, be a part of our VBS sing-along in worship and re-live all the fun memories by watching a video of ROAR VBS at Hyde Park United Methodist! It is a Sit-Together Sunday, so families will be worshiping together. Bring the whole family, show off your VBS spirit and spread the good news that Life is Wild, God is Good!

Reminders for Volunteers, Campers and Parents

ATTIRE:

Children should wear their VBS T-shirt every day. T-shirts will be available for pick up Sundays in June in the Courtyard. Beginning June 3 you may also pick up your shirt in the church Ministry Offices Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays. ALL SHIRTS MUST BE PICKED UP BY JUNE 23.
Comfortable shorts are recommended – it’s June in Florida (hot!) and the kids will be moving around a lot, sitting on floors, etc. Shoes: please send your child in closed-toed shoes. This is for their safety as we do a lot of moving around during the day. Please leave all toys, games, electronics and valuables at home.

VOLUNTEER PARKING:

  • There are (6) lots owned by Hyde Park for parking – please refer to map below.
  • Carpooling is highly recommended.
  • Whether you’re a volunteer or a parent parking to pick up/drop off, arrive early to give yourself time to find parking – especially on Monday.
  • VBS Volunteers: please try to find parking in the DeLeon lot (P6) first. If full, then try the perimeter lots (P3, P4, P5, and P6A). We would like to leave as many spaces as possible in the Magnolia lot (P2) for VBS drop off and pick up (parents, grandparents). Note: On the north side of the DeLeon lot (P6), facing Magnolia Street is a Doctor’s office – Women’s Center of Hyde Park. Please do not park in their parking area, which is in front of their building.
  • Magnolia Lot (P2) is primarily for VBS drop off and pick up only; not volunteers.
  • Many of these lots are gravel and do not have clearly marked spaces. Please park carefully and be mindful so you do not take up more than one space.
  • With over 400 children and 200 volunteers on campus, drop off and pick up times are especially busy. Please drive slowly and carefully. Stay off your cell phone. And please arrive with an extra dose of patience. Let us all be good examples for our children.

PARENT DROP OFF:

Please park in our Magnolia Lot (#2 on map below) between Azeele and Magnolia street. NO PARKING IN THE WOMEN’S CENTER. Volunteer parking is designated in other lots. Please arrive early to give yourself time to find parking! Sanctuary doors open at 8:50 a.m. and children should be seated with their crew by 9 a.m. for the opening each day. Crew Leaders are in their pews at 8:45 a.m. Campers should be dropped off to their Crews in the Sanctuary at 8:50 a.m. (Doors open at that time. Please do not enter the Sanctuary before that time, as there are VBS preparations going on with staff and volunteers). Children should be seated in the Sanctuary with their crew by 9 a.m. for opening worship each day.

DISMISSAL TIMES:

Staggered Pick-Up
12:05 p.m. – Parents of children in our Mini-VBS (2-3 year olds) and those with yellow passes will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their preschoolers (4-5-K). If you also have a child in elementary you may show that pass and pick up the older children as well.
12:10 p.m.* – Those with red passes will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their elementary-aged children. *Note rising 5th and 6th grade will have extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday, with dismissal at 3 p.m. from the Magnolia building. Dismissal on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be from the Sanctuary balcony at 12:10 p.m. Traffic flow (diagram below) into the Sanctuary will be:

  • In and down the side aisles (divided by odd/even crew number) and child pick-up will be from the center aisle
  • Side aisles serve as walkthroughs only
  • If possible, please leave strollers outside the Sanctuary
  • Please keep moving while in the Sanctuary to keep traffic flowing smoothly and ensure everyone has a smooth pickup process

BEFORE DISMISSAL:

The Sanctuary is at capacity all week. We invite parents to watch the closing activities on the large screens in the Harnish Activities Center. If you need to get your children before dismissal, please come to campus before 11:40 a.m. and we will locate your child for you.

VBS 2019 Mission Support

During VBS, children are learning about God, his love for us, and his command to share that love with others. One of the hands-on ways we practice this command is joining with the Hyde Park United Methodist Missions Team to provide monetary and tangible support to our partners.

This year, the VBS team is supporting Open Arms Ministries and Dunbar Elementary.

Dunbar Elementary School:
Dunbar Elementary School is a magnet school of the medical arts and sciences located near Old West Tampa. Their goal is to integrate medical sciences using meaningful explorations within all content areas. They are a small school of 216 students with BIG needs and BIG goals: to increase achievement by engaging students in challenging content differentiated based on individual needs. Meeting the needs of all children requires dedication, time and support from the community.

The children will be asked to find ways to earn a little extra money to support Dunbar Elementary. Our monetary goal for Dunbar is $1,500.

Open Arms:
Every Sunday morning, Hyde Park United Methodist’s Open Arms Ministry provides a nourishing meal to those experiencing homelessness and low-income individuals. Guests are invited to attend Sunday school and worship with the congregation. Also, Open Arms regularly collects toiletries and clothing and distributes them on the first Sunday of each month. Haircuts are available when we have volunteers to provide this service. Bicycle repairs are available each week.

This year, we will be collecting items to support the women and men who utilize our Open Arms ministry. Items include:
• dog leashes and collars
• dog treats
• dog waste bags
• nail clippers/nail kit
• combs
• travel-size shampoo
• drawstring backpacks
• raincoats/ponchos

Frequently Asked Questions (Camper)

How do I find out what crew my child is in?
A parent email will be sent on Monday, June 17 to all parents of registered children with crew information. This email will also contain pick-up passes which must be shown to your child’s crew leader at dismissal/pick up each day.

What does my kid wear to VBS?
Each day your child should wear their VBS T-shirt. Use a black Sharpie marker to write your child’s first name and crew number in the paw print on the FRONT of the shirt. This will act as their nametag (Using a flat cardboard piece inside the shirt helps when you do this).

We also suggest comfortable shorts and closed-toed shoes for their safety.

When/where can I pick up my child’s VBS T-shirt?
Please pick up their T-shirt before VBS. (Starting June 3, T-shirts can be picked up in the church’s Ministry Office 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Shirts can also be picked up each Sunday in June in the Sanctuary Courtyard from 9 a.m. – noon.) Shirts must be picked up by Sunday, June 23.

Can I get a second shirt for my child?
If we have shirts left over, additional shirts can be purchased beginning Wednesday of VBS week (at the VBS info tent in the Sanctuary Courtyard. $5 each).

What time do I drop off my child each morning?
Campers should be dropped off to their Crews in the Sanctuary at 8:50 a.m. (Doors open at that time. Please do not enter the Sanctuary before that time, as there are VBS preparations going on with staff and volunteers). Children should be seated in the Sanctuary with their crew by 9 a.m. for opening worship each day.

Where do I drop off my child each morning?
When our Sanctuary doors open at 8:50 a.m., please escort your child inside the Sanctuary to their crew’s pew and drop off to their crew leaders. Pews will be marked with crew names and numbers beginning with Crew #1 in the front. Odd numbered crews are to the left, as you face the stage, and even numbered crews are on the right. Rising 5th and 6th graders are in the balcony.

What time is pick up/dismissal each day and what do I need to have with me?
VBS ends at noon each day*
You will need to have your yellow or red pick-up pass with you (The pick-up pass is included in the parent email that will be sent on 6/17/19. Please print out your pass and fill in your child’s information).
12:05 p.m. – Those with yellow passes (preschoolers 4-5-K) will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their preschoolers from their crew. If you also have a child in elementary, you may show that pass and pick up your older children as well.
12:10 p.m.* – Those with red passes (grades 1- 6) will be allowed in the Sanctuary to pick up their elementary-aged children from their crew.

* Note: rising 5th and 6th graders will have extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday, with dismissal at 3 p.m. from the Magnolia building. Dismissal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be from the Sanctuary balcony at 12:10 p.m.

Where do I pick up my child?
Children should be picked up from their crew pew in the Sanctuary. Please refer to diagram below to see the traffic flow into the Sanctuary for dismissal. Side aisles serve as a walkthrough (no stopping) only; please pick up your child from the center aisle. Please leave strollers outside, if possible. A leadership team member can stay with the stroller at the information tent.

Please keep moving as you walk through the Sanctuary and save conversations for when you are outside of the Sanctuary and out of main traffic areas.

What if I can’t pick up my child – can another parent, friend or grandparent pick them up?
YES, BUT THEY WILL NEED TO HAVE A COMPLETED PICK-UP PASS FOR YOUR CHILD TO PRESENT TO YOUR CHILD’S CREW LEADER. We are accepting pictures of completed Pick-Up Passes on smart phones as well.
If your child’s pick-up person does not have a pass, they will be asked to go to our info tent outside in the Courtyard. They will need to show their driver’s license and we will check registration forms to see who has been authorized to pick up your child. If you did not list them as an authorized person to pick up your child in your child’s registration, we will call you to confirm authorization.

Can I watch closing worship in the Sanctuary?
The Sanctuary is at capacity all week. All parents are invited to watch closing worship on the large screens in our air-conditioned Harnish Activities Center. (11:35 a.m. – noon). If you need to get your children before dismissal, please come to campus before 11:40 a.m. and we will locate your child for you.

Is there a ‘VBS Sing’ this year?
Yes! JOIN US FOR WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 9:30 A.M. IN THE SANCTUARY.
All ROAR volunteers and campers wear your VBS shirts, be a part of our VBS sing-along in worship and re-live all the fun memories by watching a video of ROAR VBS at Hyde Park United Methodist! It is a Sit-Together Sunday, so families will be worshiping together. Bring the whole family, show off your VBS spirit and spread the good news that Life is Wild, God is Good!

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