Monterey Presbyterian Church to Host Town-wide Vacation Bible School

The churches in Monterey will have a joint Vacation Bible School this year at the Monterey Presbyterian Church the week of July 15-19. Ages 4 to 11 are welcome. The theme this year is Seekers in Sneakers, and festivities and fellowship will begin each evening at 5 p.m. with dinner provided.


Seekers in Sneakers is an interactive Vacation Bible School curriculum where children learn that everyone can make a difference in the world! The five Bible stories in this curriculum explore examples of people who experienced and brought about change in the world around them. These people provide a model for asking hard questions, working together to solve problems, reaching across differences, caring for all people, and imagining a new world. Volunteers will be on hand to lead children through stations including movement, crafts, singing, and storytelling.


Chris Swecker, a session member at Monterey Presbyterian Church is helping to organize this year’s VBS along with session member Elizabeth Lohr-Myers.


“The theme this year is a geocaching theme. Geocaching is normally when you go out in hiking and you search for items using GPS coordinates. We’ll use that theme to challenge children to dig into the Bible to find the way to Jesus. We’ll also have traditional activities that VBS is known for making new friends, science exploration, active games along with Bible Study.”


Swecker also mentioned the time for VBS is changing this year to accommodate more schedules.


“We’ve normally done the mornings for VBS, but a survey beforehand told us that the late afternoon would be better. It will include dinner provided each night. We’ll also be collecting paper goods for the food bank.”


VBS is free, but families are asked to register just to help with numbers for food and activities. If you don’t get a chance to register, you can still attend, but it does help the organizers to have a decent count.


“In Monterey different churches of different denominations share the centralized Vacation Bible School and rotate through. So this is Monterey Presbyterian Church’s year, but we rely on volunteers from different churches that all come together to make this happen.”


If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to register your kiddos to attend, contact Chris Swecker at

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