St. Peter’s Vacation Bible School
St. Peter’s Vacation Bible School is held each summer (always the first full week of August), and is staffed by volunteers from throughout our parish. This year we experienced a “Rolling River Rampage!” Enjoy photos from this year’s adventure on our Facebook Page!
History of Vacation Bible School at St. Peter’s
Starting around 2003, St. Peter’s offered VBS as a weeklong event serving the parishioners and surrounding community. Historically, VBS was directed by the St. Peter’s Youth Minister with (a lot of) help from parent volunteers beforehand for craft and decorations, and onsite volunteers largely from within the SPY community.
In 2011, Rev. Ronald B. Young proposed a partnership with Caldwell United Methodist Church to hold a combined VBS. He initiated the partnership, and asked Christine Corso to direct the VBS for St. Peter’s. The partnership with CUMC lasted for several years (alternating campuses) with upwards of 100 campers participating annually. Karen Luke served as Director during this time and one of these years Julia Corso served as her Co-Director. For 2017 and 2018, VBS had three coDirectors: Kris Blake, Christine Corso, and Dana Leach.
In 2018, approximately 60 campers attended VBS. Dana Leach chose and prepared crafts and decorations for weeks beforehand so volunteers from throughout the parish could participate in preVBS craft nights. Kris Blake coordinated activities related to registration. Chris Corso publicized the event on social media and ensured that things ran smoothly during the week of VBS itself.
Throughout its history at St. Peter’s, Vacation Bible School has served its campers, the beneficiaries of our Mission Projects, and also its adult and teen volunteers through shared fellowship and service. In addition, VBS is often a gateway into St. Peter’s, and several new families have joined us after their positive experience with this ministry.
St. Peter’s VBS is always held the first full week of August.