Daniel was way more than the guy who survived a den of hungry lions.

Join Daniel—torn from his home and forced into the king’s service. Explore exotic sights and smells in a Babylonian bazaar. Kids (and adults) will find that they’re not much different from Daniel and his friends, who kept their faith in a faithless culture.

 

Experience God’s Word

At VBS, your kids will learn Bible truths in a big way because the daily Bible Point is carefully integrated into each activity.

 

A DAY AT VBS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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+ What is the theme for VBS?

We will be visiting the biblical city of Babylon and learning about how Daniel and his friends kept their faith in a faithless culture. Boys and girls will meet Daniel who was taken from his home and forced to change the way he dressed, the way he talked, the things he eats and drinks, and even his name! Kids will have all of their senses engaged in the Babylon Bazaar as they explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of a culture from another time!

Wearing their own biblical costume, boys and girls will be transported to and immersed in a biblical culture and they will see how the Bible comes alive through each of the planned activities. Meeting and talking with biblical characters, tasting authentic snacks, and making unique artifacts will bring all of the Bible story time period to life and help your child better understand what the passages meant to the original audience as well as what the Bible passage means to them.

+ What ages are allowed to participate in VBS?

VBS is offered for children ages 4 years – 5th grade. We assign children to classes by the grade they have COMPLETED. We have admitted children younger than three before, but it is best if your child is potty-trained in order to be able to participate. For permission contact amber@tccherrydale.com to inquire about class sizes.

+ How can I make sure my child has the best experience possible?

You can help by building up the excitement for VBS in the weeks prior to its start. Children who anticipate an event are typically a lot more excited about it when the big day finally arrives. (Think Christmas… ) Especially if you have a younger child, make them feel “older” and “important” that they are big enough to go to VBS. If you have received registration information and you know the name of your child’s group or teacher, share that information with your child. Prepare them for the details discussed here-that you won’t be walking them to class, that they are going to get to wear their very own Bible times costume, that you won’t be able to go to class for the whole night with them, and that they are going to get to make some unique crafts and taste some interesting foods. Tell them to pay close attention because all of the components to our VBS are designed to teach them about the time period and culture when the Bible stories took place.

You can also help by looking over the email we will be sending daily highlighting the day’s activities. The email will include the Bible Point as well as the Memory Verse for each day. There will be some tips included that will hopefully encourage spiritual conversations for families. Be sure to use this tool to help reinforce the Bible teaching each day.

+ What time should I arrive to drop my child off at VBS?

We recommend not coming before 9:30am on Sunday. Check in should be pretty simple, especially if you are a church member or have pre-registered. We will not admit any children more than 20 minutes prior to the start time, so that our volunteers will have completed their preparations for the fun we have planned each day! However, if you wait until 10am to drop off on the first day, your child might miss some of the fun while waiting to get registered.

After your first day, checking in will be simple, and you can come just a few minutes before 10am!

+ What time should I pick up my child each day?

Pick up will begin at 12:30pm. Check out is usually completed 15 minutes after it begins. It tends to speed up each day since everyone is more familiar with the process. You can arrive a little early if you prefer and wait for us to start the car line, but if you request to pick up your child early, he will miss out on some fun and learning!

+ Where is drop-off and pick-up?

There is a porch near the welcome center and guest parking where you can drop off each day. The first day your child attends VBS you will have to park and “register”, but the days following, you can just pull through and drop them off. The registration team will have clipboards in the carline for you to sign your child in to expedite the process. It will be pretty self-explanatory. There will be signs and cones to mark the correct traffic flow. Our security team will be there to assist as well.

+ Does the same parent that drops off need to pick up?

The same parent does not have to pick a child up that drops them off, HOWEVER, there is a security tag and carline number (that will be a random number each day for security purposes) that whoever picks the child up will need to have. The security tag cannot be duplicated, so it would have to be given to whomever you wish to pick up your child. IF this is impossible, please notify the registration team when you drop off your child so that they can collect the necessary information and they will be able to check the identification of the person you authorize to pick up your child.

+ Is there a slip or form that I need to show at drop-off/pick-up?

The security tags will be issued at registration and checked during the pick-up carline each day. One portion is a sticker that you will write your child’s name on. That sticker will be placed on the front of your child’s shirt. This will have to be filled out each day. The other part of the sticker is the piece of the security tag that you keep. Bring this portion back to pick up your child. There are identical numbers on both parts of the security tag. (Think valet parking or checking your coat! But MUCH more important!) Attached to the tag that you take with you will be a legal-sized page with a number for the carline. This way, when it is time to pick up your child the security team can radio inside, and we can send out the children with the corresponding numbers. Hopefully, by the time you reach the door your child will be waiting for you. It USUALLY works this way!

+ Why can’t I walk my child to his classroom?

Due to security reasons, you will have to say good-bye to your child at the door. We cannot allow anyone in the building that is not a scheduled volunteer for VBS. Our volunteers have been through a security screening process that involves background checks, interviews, training, and a variety of other procedures that are designed to keep your child safe. Not only will we not allow you to enter, but we also will not allow another unauthorized adult to enter. It should be reassuring to you that we will kick you out! This is to protect your child as well as all of the children in our program this week. If you sincerely desire to have a look around our facility and possibly meet your child’s teacher, you may come early at 10am each day and have a walk thru with one of our friendly volunteers. However, once we start admitting children, we will have to end the tours.

+ Do I need to feed my child before VBS?

We will be serving snacks during VBS. The teaching style and method that we use calls for “cultural immersion” in the biblical time period and city that we are visiting. Our VBS Chef is VERY creative to make kid-friendly versions that give them the experience of being IN the biblical city and time period, but that the kiddos will actually eat! Each session, there will be some fruit options such as grapes and some interesting breads for the ones that we can’t convince to be adventurous! We recommend that your child eat breakfast before coming, but please encourage him to participate and sample the snacks each day. There will be plenty of snacks, but nothing that would qualify as a balanced meal.

+ What if my child has food allergies?

Allergy alert stickers will be available at registration as well as in the carline each day. Please make sure to take one of these YELLOW stickers, fill in on the line what your child is allergic to, and place the sticker on the FRONT CENTER of your child’s shirt. This is how our chef will identify children with allergies each day (in addition to a verbal reminder from the VBS director and the child’s teacher). It is helpful to have the allergies listed so that we can make sure your child is given a snack. (If your child is wearing a sticker but their allergy is not identified on it, we will NOT serve your child a snack to be safe.) Our Chef is familiar with the dietary substitutions necessary for children with food allergy issues. We can accommodate most any allergy situation.

Please let us know if your child has an allergy that requires an epi-pen. Our volunteers have been trained to use an epi-pen, but we will have each individual working with your child’s group use our TESTER pen that session as a refresher to make sure that they are prepared should an emergency dictate its use during the week. Also, make sure that your emergency contact number is clearly written on your child’s epi pen and this is the number we will be calling in case of an emergency.

+ What should my child wear?

Your child should wear any comfortable, loose fitting clothes and a pair of shoes that he can be active in. We will be taking the children to a recreation time, so it is important that they are wearing shoes that they will not have to remove in order to be able to participate.

Each child will be given his own biblical time costume to wear during the week of VBS! It will help get in the “mood” to participate in traveling to our biblical destination. All of our costumes have been freshly laundered prior to the start of our week, and your child will only wear his own costume each night.