This summer, God willing, Christ Church will be buzzing with opportunities for kids to grow in faith, friendship, and creativity! Our summer camps are open to all, and we love to welcome new friends into the Christ Church family. Summer camps include Vacation Bible School, performing arts, dance, and cooking! Each camp offers the safe, loving community of Christ Church.

More information and registration instructions can be found below.

Vacation Bible School

June 22-26, 2020 / 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Online registration for campers and youth volunteers will open on March 1st at 3:00 pm. 

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

At Love First VBS, children will discover that:

All people are lovable in the eyes of God, no exceptions (Love Self).
I am called to love and care for people in need (Love Neighbor).
I can see and feel God’s love in my life (Love God).

Your kids won’t want to miss this awesome week full of music, crafts, games, and bible stories! This year we’ll focus on care for all people. We’ll highlight the life of Mother Teresa, and explore bible stories that illustrate God’s limitless love, which we are called to share with the world.

VBS is made possible by the service of adult and youth volunteers. Come serve with us – it’s a blast! Our outstanding nursery hosts a complimentary mini-VBS for the children of adult volunteers who are too young to be campers. Five-day adult volunteers also receive discounted registration for one camper ($40 off).

Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

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FAQs:

Camper Info: VBS is for children who will be four years old before 6/22/20 and are fully potty trained (no exceptions) through rising 5th graders.  All grades used during registration should be RISING grades (2020/2021 school year). In order to keep group size manageable, there will be some grade overlap in most groups. Children with special needs may be assigned a buddy – an adult or older teenager who will discretely accompany him/her during camp. If you are interested in having a buddy for your child, please select that option during registration.

5th Grade Mission Excursion: Rising 5th grade campers will have an offsite mission opportunity, which requires additional health and medical information (dates of immunizations, etc.). Parents of rising 5th graders should have that information handy when registering their child. Parents of 5th graders will drop off and pick up that day as usual. Prior missions have included visits to Habitat for Humanity, BEAM, K9’s for Warriors, and Foster Closet.

Volunteers – Come serve with us! Adult and youth volunteers (rising 6th-12th graders) are needed to make this week super fun and meaningful for the kids! All volunteers should plan to be at VBS from 8:30 to 12:30. Youth Volunteers should plan to remain at VBS until 2:00 on the last day (pizza lunch will be provided).

The nursery will have a fun mini-VBS week planned for children of volunteers who are too young to attend VBS (on volunteering days only). Reservations are required for the nursery — please note this step during volunteer registration if you need nursery care. Five-day adult volunteers also receive discounted registration for one camper ($40 off). 

Deadlines: Youth volunteer registration will close when maximum capacity is reached. There will be a limited waitlist for campers and youth volunteers after we reach capacity. Because we expect to be full, please notify us as soon as possible if your plans change, so that your spot may be offered to someone else.

Next steps: Registered campers will receive instructions by email the week before camp. Volunteers will be contacted by email in May regarding volunteer meetings and instructions. 

Save the date!: Please plan to join us for a special VBS celebration in the contemporary worship service at Christ Church on Sunday, June 28 at 11:15 am. Campers and volunteers should wear their VBS t-shirts. Family members, come as you are! 

FAQs

Who can I contact with any questions? Catherine Montgomery, Director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministries, cmontgomery@christepiscopalchurch.org.

What is the refund policy? The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Does my child need to be a member of Christ Episcopal Church? No, all children are welcome!

Are scholarships available? Yes. No camper will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Please contact Catherine Montgomery for details. Scholarship requests are confidential.

Can campers choose friends they’d like to be in the same group with? Yes, during registration, camper parents can state the names of up to three friends they’d like their child to be placed with. All efforts will be made to place your child with at least one of the listed friends.

Can volunteers choose the area in which they’d like to serve? During registration, adult and youth volunteers can choose the areas they are most interested in. Requests will be honored wherever possible.

Can youth volunteers request friends they’d like to work with? In order to provide the best experience for our campers, volunteers may not request placement with friends. Volunteers have a great time at VBS, but the focus is on service to our campers. If two friends request the same area of service, however, they may end up serving together.

I’d like to help out, but I can’t volunteer all five days of VBS. Is that okay? Yes! Group Guides (adults and high school students) and Assistant Group Guides (middle school students) must volunteer Monday through Friday. But volunteers in other areas can volunteer Monday – Friday or partial week assignments if needed. Please enter your availability where indicated during registration.

Can my service as a youth volunteer count towards needed service hours? Check with your school counselor to make sure that service at a church is eligible. Public school districts and private schools may have different criteria for eligibility. Proof of service hours will be available after VBS for all youth volunteers.

 

Nourishing Eats Cooking Camp
Session 1: June 9-12, 2020 (Tuesday – Friday) REGISTER HERE
Session 2: June 15-18, 2020 (Monday – Thursday) REGISTER HERE
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration is $250 per child.*

Nourishing Eats summer camps are for children ages 7-13. This Summer we will be traveling through the regions of France bringing farm fresh ingredients to our tables. Classes include kitchen safety techniques, regional culinary history, hands on cooking experience and lunch at the end of every class. Children will be given a recipe book and apron.  Jennifer De Rycker, a native of New York City, lived and worked in Paris France for ten years. While living there she worked at Le Cordon Bleu, Le Grand Diplome in both Cuisine and Patisserie and has been cooking for more than 16 years.

*Limited partial scholarships are available in cases of financial hardship. To inquire about a confidential scholarship, please contact Catherine Montgomery.

Nursery Camp

July 6 – 9, 2020

Christ Episcopal Church Nursery is offering a four day camp for ages 2-4, from 9:30 – 1:15 pm.

Registration is $160 per child.*   REGISTER HERE

Our theme this Summer is Love. Each day we will read a different book and do crafts, music, cooking and/or science related to that days theme.We will show how kindness, caring and compassion are important to share with our neighbors, family and friends! We can show our love through cooking for our families, reading to friend, singing a song, or putting our creativity into a craft to share. Let the summer fun begin!

*Limited partial scholarships are available. To inquire about a confidential scholarship, please contact Catherine Montgomery.

Theater Camps

Christ Church Creative Academy

Mini-Musical Camp with Barbara Roberts
August 3 – 7, 2020

Rising 2nd – 5th graders are invited to come and join the fun of putting on a mini-musical play. Each child will have lines to memorize and a singing solo. We will do crafts and a snack will be provided. Camp will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, and then 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Friday. The performance will be on the last day (Friday) at 3:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Early bird registration: March 1- 30: $200
Registration on April 1st or later: $240

Confidential partial scholarships may be available in case of financial hardship. Please contact Rachel Root for more information.

REGISTER HERE

Space is limited for each age group. After registering, you will receive both an automatic email confirmation, as well as an email from Barbara Roberts to confirm your spot. When capacity has been reached, please contact Barbara Roberts to be placed on the waiting list. If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible so that someone on the waiting list can take your spot. Refunds will be considered only if a waitlisted participant can take the spot. We reserve the right to cancel this camp if minimum number of participants is not met.


Musical Theater Camps with Stephanie Bennie

Stephanie Bennie’s theater camps provide an opportunity for rising 2nd through 8th grade students to perform a 60-minute musical for their friends and family. It is designed for campers to experience the onstage and backstage process of putting on a show. After being assigned roles, students will learn their music, lines, blocking and choreography as well as participate in either the costume, set design or stage crew. Throughout the week, campers will also enjoy theater games and group voice and acting lessons.

After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation as well as an email from Stephanie with detailed information about theater camp. Registrants will receive a playlist of the show’s music and script with the expectation that students become familiar with the musical before camp begins . There is a minimum and maximum number of participants necessary for each week of theater camp. A waitlist will be used if we reach capacity. If you are unable to attend, please contact Stephanie ASAP. Refunds will only be considered if a waitlisted person can take the spot.

Stephanie is new to Christ Church. She is the preschool music teacher and director of our three kids’ choirs. Stephanie has directed musicals and taught preschool – eighth grade music for over 20 years. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons through Christ Church’s Creative Arts Academy.

Early bird registration: March 1- 30: $200
Registration on April 1st or later: $240

Golly Gee Whiz (rising 2nd – 8th grade students)
June 15 – 19, 2020
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – noon
Friday: 9:00 – 3:00 pm, performance at 3:00 pm.
REGISTER HERE

Through the Looking Glass (rising 2nd – 8th grade students)
July 13 – 17, 2020
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – noon
Friday: 9:00 – 3:00 pm, performance at 3:00 pm.
REGISTER HERE

Miss Felicia's Dance

Miss Felicia’s Dance will offer summer camps at Christ Church during these weeks:

June 8 – 12
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31

The Dance Camp registration form can be found here. Please return the completed form and payment to Miss Felicia or to the church office. Please contact Dawn Jacobs with questions.