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Helpful Hints for Parenting Your Child in Worship

Preparation before Sunday:

• Speak positively about the experience and let your child(ren) know you are pleased they will be joining you.
• Read Sunday’s Scripture together. During the week, begin discussing your family’s expectations for worship behavior and participation.
• Set out clothes, Bibles and other Sunday items the night before to give yourself some extra time on Sunday morning.

Helping Your Child(ren) Engage through Participation:

• Help them follow the order of worship in the online bulletin.
• Have children who can write complete the attendance and prayer forms.
• Let the children put the money in the drop safe in the Narthex.
• Encourage the use of the children’s worship activity bags (greeters will be passing out before the service begins) as a way to remain engaged in worship.
• Consider your child’s personality and look for unique ways to keep them engaged in worship.

We understand having your children with you in worship sometimes requires an extra helping of patience, but we hope you will see it as special opportunity to spend time with your child and share the experience of worship together. It is good for them to see you worship!

“Above all, pray for your children with thanksgiving. Ask the Lord to help you see your children through his eyes. Ask his help for patience, wisdom and strength to enjoy these kids! The creative giftedness that can make many Sunday mornings long can also make great saints in the long run.”


June 24 – 28, 2024!

Dive Below the Surface to Build a Strong Faith

Deadline to register is MAY 31!

Cost: $50 for Preschool – Grade 4 and $75 for Tweens

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 12:00PM.

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


Ready to Dive into the Scuba VBS volunteer team?

Adult and youth volunteer registration is now open! Early child registration is available for adult volunteers upon completion of the volunteer form.

Mini-VBS and Nursery care is available for children of volunteers. This is not a drop-off program but reserved for those volunteering. A link will be available once adult registration has been completed.


Volunteer Training: Thank you for serving at SCUBA VBS! Please mark your calendar for our mandatory VBS Volunteer Training on Wednesday, June 12 at 5:45 p.m.


Decorations and Construction: If you like crafting, being creative or even using a hammer, join the VBS Construction & Decoration Team on select Thursday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.).

Amazon Wish List: Have a heart to serve but limited time? Check out this amazon wishlist for VBS supply needs!

Have questions? Ask us here or contact the church office at 813-253-5388.

Day 1 – June 24

God Is a Friend Who Is Real.

Day 2 – June 25

God is a friend who loves!

Day 3 – June 26

God Is a Friend We Can Trust.

Day 4 – June 27

God is a friend forever!


Day 5 – June 28

God Is a Friend For Everyone.
What crew is my child in?

A parent email will be sent the week before VBS 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.

How does drop off / pick up work?

Morning drop off: Campers should be seated in the Sanctuary with their crew by 9 a.m. for opening worship each day. 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.

Afternoon pick up: Dismissal will start at 12:10 p.m. each day.* Children should be picked up from their crew pew in the Sanctuary.

*Note: rising 5th and 6th graders will have extended hours on Tuesday, with dismissal at 3 p.m. from the Magnolia building. Dismissal on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be from the Sanctuary balcony at 12:15 p.m.

Can I watch closing worship?

All parents are invited to watch closing worship in the Harnish Center. (11 :35 a.m.- 12:10). 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. 

What does my kid wear to VBS?

Each day your child should wear their VBS T-shirt. T-shirts can be picked up each Sunday in June in the Courtyard from 9 a.m. – noon. T-shirts can also 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 must be picked up by Sunday, June 26. 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).

Please use a black Sharpie marker to write your child’s first name and crew number 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.

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.

Will there be a 'VBS Recap Video' this year?

Yes! Join us for worship Sunday, June 30.