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Park Memorial hosts virtual VBS program

With the Covid-19 outbreak, Park Memorial United Methodist Church decided to make this summer’s Vacation Bible School a virtual event for kids in the community to enjoy and participate in from home.

“When everything with COVID started to happen, we had to cancel our traditional VBS,” Kathy Kirkpatrick explained. “So, I was just trying to find something that we could still do and engage the kids in.”

Kirkpatrick was able to find a curriculum-based program that had everything already set up. “It was easy to do, and I liked that this program was interactive and gave the kids breaks,” she said.

This virtual VBS was set up as a three-day program that ran Tuesday through Thursday of this week, but Kirkpatrick stated that kids can access it all summer long.

This program is also open to anybody in the community.

The program consists of videos with Bible stories and music as well as craft activities and games.

The crafts are simple – mostly origami – and can be done at home.

“We are all spending more time together at home, so this gives families something else to do,” Kirkpatrick said.

This way kids do not have to miss out on VBS, and parents can be more involved with their children by watching the videos, talking about the Bible, making crafts, and playing games with them.

“It’s a different way, but a neat way to do VBS. They can invite neighbors over and do the program together if they feel comfortable,” Kirkpatrick said.

“There’s not a lot for kids to do right now, so this gives them something that they would normally do in the summer just in a different way,” she said.

To get access to this virtual VBS anytime this summer, email Kirkpatrick at Kathy.pmumc@troycable.net for the access code.