Vacation Bible School

General Church
The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands mostly empty on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Employees have worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health emergency also has caused Publishing House revenues to drop, prompting layoffs and a decision to put the headquarters up for sale. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House among pandemic victims

With church buildings closed due to COVID-19, the United Methodist Publishing House has seen sharply lower sales and had to take severe cost-saving steps.
Evangelism
Children from the United Methodist congregation in Debrecen, Hungary, gathered for vacation Bible school in a new building recently bought by the church council. Photo courtesy of the Rev. László Khaled.

Debrecen church has new home

New church building in Debrecen, Hungary, has already been used for Pentecost and vacation Bible school.
Local Church
Vacation Bible school is going virtual this year, since many churches are closed or just reopening because of the coronavirus. Vacation Bible school online program logos courtesy of (clockwise, starting top left) Cokesbury, APEX UMC FAMILY, First United Methodist Church Oviedo, Go! Children’s Ministry Curriculum; illustration by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Different vacation Bible school coming this summer

Many churches are opting for a virtual vacation Bible school for the safety and health of children and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Church
Children participate in Native American games such as stickball (lacrosse), crafts, storytelling and other activities during vacation Bible school at St. John United Methodist Church in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The curriculum is based on the traditional teachings of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and other Native American tribes.

VBS serves as Native American immersion experience

St. John United Methodist Church in New Jersey tailors vacation Bible school curriculum around the traditional teachings of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and other tribes.

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