In a Summer of Pandemic, Vacation Bible School Programs Go Online and Outside


    In a Summer of Pandemic, Vacation Bible School Programs Go Online and Outside

    (RNS) — Kyla Rodriguez’s two children had a blast earlier this month at Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School.

    Every morning during the weeklong Rainforest Explorers-themed program, 3-year-old Carson and his little sister Madison, nearly 2, prayed and sang songs. They ate rainforest-themed snacks and made tissue paper rainbows and colorful toilet paper roll parrots.

    And they did it all without ever leaving their home in Merrill, Wisconsin.

    The virtual Vacation Bible School, or VBS, was hosted by Immanuel, their grandparents’ Missouri Synod church in Seymour, Indiana. Carson and Madison received backpacks in the mail ahead of time, stuffed with the materials they’d need for crafts and other activities. Then each day, they’d tune in to watch prerecorded videos for stories, songs and instructions.

    The kids were especially excited to see their grandpa, a pastor at the church, on TV, according to Rodriguez.

    “They liked the songs and the crafts and it was something fun to do, especially right now. We don’t have things like going to story time at our local library,” she said.

    “So it was fun to have something to do during the day that they liked, that was just a little different from our normal days right now.”

    Like so many other things, VBS programs look a little different this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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