June 25-29, 2018 9 a.m. – Noon*

Join us for Shipwrecked! Rescued by Jesus. Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun at Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

All classes are currently waitlisted. To add your child, please 
mail Kristin Passath your child’s full name, gender, grade level in 2018-19 and your name.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (Camper)

How do I find out what crew my child is in?
A parent email was sent on Monday, June 19 to all parents of registered children with crew information. This email also contained 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 on the FRONT of the shirt inside the white flag that is part of the Shipwrecked logo. 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. (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 Sunday, 6/24 in the Sanctuary Courtyard from 9 a.m. – noon.)

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 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. Odd numbered crews are to the left, as you face the stage, and even numbered crews are on the right.

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 was included in the parent email that was sent on 6/19/18. Please print out your pass and fill in your child’s information).
12:05 p.m. – Those with yellow passes (preschoolers) 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 (Noble Navigators) will have extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday, with dismissal at
3 p.m. from the Harnish Activities Center. 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.

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

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?
All Shipwrecked 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 SHIPWRECKED 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 Jesus rescues!

VBS 2018 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 ways we share God’s love is by joining with the Hyde Park United Methodist missions team to provide monetary and tangible support to our partners.

Dunbar Elementary School:

Dunbar Elementary School is a magnet school for medical arts and sciences located near Old West Tampa. Their goal is to integrate medical sciences in all content areas. They are a small school of 216 students with BIG needs. Children are asked to bring these items:

#2 Pencils Pink Pearl erasers Composition Notebooks
Yellow Highlighters Glue Sticks BLACK dry erase markers
Crayons (24 count) Colored Pencils Copy paper (one ream)
Box of Tissue Disinfecting Wipes Hand Sanitizer
Wide-ruled Notebook Paper (K-4) College-ruled Notebook Paper (5th)

Hillsborough House of Hope:

The Hillsborough House of Hope’s mission is to give women incarcerated in the Hillsborough County Jail the opportunity to successfully reenter the community and become the women God created them to be. Margaret Palmer, a long-time member, worked as a volunteer counselor for a number of years in the county jails. She was inspired to create an organization that could help inmates make the necessary changes in life to find a new path. The Hillsborough House of Hope continues to support women in transition.

Our goal is to raise $1,500 to help them to continue serving the women in our community.

VBS Campers are encouraged to find simple projects or chores to help the community and these organizations. Ask your parents how you can help.

Register as an Adult (18 or older) or Youth Volunteer

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING FIREFOX AS YOUR BROWSER WHEN REGISTERING.  You may encounter issues with the forms if using Explorer or Chrome.

Adult volunteers (18 years of age by June 1, 2018 or older) sign up here. If you are new to serving with us or haven’t done a Background Check in the last five years, you will need to complete the form and return to Emily Nelson.

Youth Volunteers in rising Grades 7-12, max age 17 (if 18 years or older by June 1, 2018, please fill out our adult volunteer form.) sign up here.

Registration for children 4 and up

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING FIREFOX AS YOUR BROWSER WHEN REGISTERING.  You may encounter issues with the forms if using Explorer or Chrome. AGES: Four (4) years old* – through rising 6th grade *Camper must be their required age by June 1, 2018

All Age Groups Are Currently On A Wait-List

If you would like to add your child to the list, please email Kristin Passath with the following information:
Child’s full name
Child’s Gender
Child’s grade for the 2018-19 school year
Your name



  • 4 years – rising 4th grade:
    • Early bird (before May 1): $40 per child
    • Regular (after May 1): $50 per child
  • Rising 5th & 6th graders (includes lunch and extended hours on two days)
    • Early bird (before May 1) $60 per child
    • Regular (after May 1): $70 per child
Online Registration

Spark Imagination With Faith-Building Fun at Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School is 9 a.m. – noon* June 25-29, 2018

Online Registration for Shipwrecked VBS will open on Sunday, March 4 for:

  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church Families
  • Adult and Youth volunteers serving at Shipwrecked VBS
  • Children of Adult volunteers serving at Shipwrecked VBS


Volunteer Training

We HOPE you’ve marked your calendar for one of these training events! Every VBS volunteer is required to attend one training.

Sunday, June 10 at 12:15 p.m. (pizza lunch provided)
Monday, June 11 at 5:45 p.m. (This is our MAIN training, dinner provided)
Tuesday, June 19 at 5:45 p.m.

June 10 and 19 are scaled back trainings and will be in Wesley Center Room 306. June 11, our main training, will be in the Harnish Activities Center. Childcare is available for all trainings with RSVP to Jen Wotsch.

T-Shirt Pick Up

Camper and Volunteer T-shirts are available for pick-up every Sunday in the Courtyard from 9 a.m. – Noon.

For pick-up during the week visit the Ministry Offices.
Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Beacon says, “If possible, please pick up your T-Shirt prior to VBS.”

Donations for Hospitality

Help us keep the SHIPWRECKED Castaways ‘afloat’ during VBS by donating items to fill our Volunteer Hospitality.

Here’s what we need:
*Bottled waters
*Juices (non refrigerated)
*Non perishable food items such as chips, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, cookies and other favorite snack-type foods!

Our Decorations team is also looking for:
*Artificial greenery/plants
*big boxes (microwave sized or bigger)

Food items can be dropped off in the Children’s Ministries office and other supplies in the lobby of Wesley Center.

Sea Animal Challenge

Get together with your family and create a sea animal for Vacation Bible School!

Use your imagination and creativity to build your best ocean critter. Use recycled materials and craft supplies to make anything from turtles and crabs to octopus and jellyfish. Creations will be used to decorate our campus during VBS week of VBS. You can drop them off at the VBS table in the Courtyard on June 10, 17 or 24 or the table in the lobby of Wesley Center.

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