Focus: Take a Closer Look

Christ Church is proud to present a one-week, full-day Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) for children from Rising Kindergarten through Rising 5th grade.

When:

Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10, 2020 from 9:00am – 5:00pm


Where:

Christ Church (West Campus) | 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ

Montclair Shuttle (Roundtrip)

We will be providing a shuttle from our Montclair Campus to our Rockaway Campus (site of VBS) for the entire week at a cost of $30. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait! If you would like to take advantage of this service, please select “Montclair Shuttle Roundtrip Fare” when registering.

Cost:


FOCUS

Take a Closer Look

DAY 1
Bible Story: Seeing God in Creation, Romans 1:20
Bottom Line: FOCUS on what you can see.

DAY 2
Bible Story: The Wise and Foolish Builders, Matthew 7:24-27
Bottom Line: You can HEAR from God.

DAY 3
Bible Story: Peter Says That Jesus Is the Messiah, Matthew 16:13-20
Bottom Line: You can TALK with others about what you believe.

DAY 4
Bible Story: The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:5-13
Bottom Line: You can PRAY anytime, anywhere, about anything.

DAY 5
Bible Story: The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:36-40; 1 Corinthians 13
Bottom Line: You can LIVE for God by loving others.

The Focus is on VBS 2020

REGISTRATION


To register your kids, or to sign up as a volunteer, click below.

DOWNLOAD PARENT WAIVER FORM HERE

Daily Schedule


8:45am - 9:15am

Parent drop off

9:15am - 10:30am

Large Group Session
(Games, Music, Interactive Lesson)

10:40am - 12:00pm

Small Group Session
(Brief Recap of Lesson, Q&A, Crafts, Snacks)

12:10pm - 1:10pm

Lunch
(Food, Video Presentation, Free Time)

1:20pm - 2:20pm

Group Recreation Time
(Organized Activities)

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Large Group Session
(Games, Brief Recap of Day, Music, Snacks)

3:40pm - 5:00pm

Electives
(Sports, Arts, Tech)

5:00pm

Parent Pickup

Memory Verse: HEBREWS 12:2A (NLRV)

"Let us Keep Looking to Jesus.
He is the one who started this journey of faith.
And he is the one who completes the journey of faith."

FAQs


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Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) will be happening at Christ Church’s West Campus located on 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ from Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10. To assist our families’ work schedules better, drop-off will be between 8:45am–9:15am and pickup will be promptly at 5pm.

Who will provide care and oversight for my children while at Vacation Bible School?

Our staff is filled with true lovers of Christ who are not only trained to work with children, but are also appropriately interviewed, background checked, and hand chosen to work with your children.

What is the cost of Vacation Bible School?

Super Early Bird Registration is heavily encouraged, as the cost for registration will increase the closer we get to the event.

  • Super Early Bird Registration is from February 15 – March 1.
    The cost is $65 for the first child and $45 for each sibling or guest thereafter.
  • Early Bird Registration is from March 1 – April 15.
    The cost is $75 for the first child and $50 for each sibling or guest thereafter.
  • Regular Registration on and after April 16 is $100 for the first child and $65 for each sibling or guest thereafter.
    Regular registration closes Sunday, June 21 at midnight.

What if I forget to register before June 21?

  • Regular registration closes on Sunday, June 21. However, a late registration option is available.
  • Late registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for each sibling or guest thereafter.
  • Late registration is only one week, from June 22–June 28. NO registrations past this date can be accepted.

Is there any kind of waiver I need to complete?

Is there a cap on registrations?

No. We desire to accommodate all who wish to attend, however, we do close registration on Sunday, June 28 so that we can plan and prepare the most effective program possible for the children.

How old does my child have to be in order to attend Vacation Bible School?

Our Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) program has been specifically designed and geared toward school-age children who are (entering) Kindergarten through (entering) 5th grade in Fall 2020.

What if my child is not fully potty trained?

All participants in Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) are required to be fully potty trained. While we do recommend parents of our younger ages, such as Kindergarten, provide additional clothing for “accidents,” consistent or daily accidents will be addressed directly with parents.

Will there be a shuttle bus leaving from Montclair this year?

Yes! However as was the case last year, spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. You will need to purchase a shuttle ticket at online registration to take advantage of this resource. Once all slots are filled, a waiting list will be made and all are welcome to be added to that list.

Will you accept walk-up/same-day registration?

No. Due to proper child/staff ratios we cannot accept same-day registration at Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp). Christ Church has a requirement to abide by state guidelines regarding the handling of large numbers of children and adults. Therefore, to ensure that all of these requirements are met, all participants must be preregistered by the deadline provided.

What if my child does not attend Christ Church?

No problem! Our Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) is open to all children who would like to attend and we welcome any child regardless of prior church attendance.

What happens if there is a medical emergency at Vacation Bible School?

Our Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) has an on-site Camp Nurse at all times while activities are in session. This is typically either a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN), or Doctor (MD). If there is a medical emergency requiring EMT or hospital assistance, it will be up to the attending Camp Nurse to decide the appropriate course of action for each incident.

My child has special needs. Will Vacation Bible School have options to accommodate?

Yes! On the child registration form there is a location to specify if your child has a special need. There is also space provided to communicate what that special need is.

Once registered, one of our staff members will contact you to talk further about the needs of your child. Also, if you would like to discuss whether VBS is a good fit for your child before you register, please contact us at KLewis@ChristChurchUSA.org.

Will my child receive lunch and snacks at Vacation Bible School?

No. While we are happy to provide two small snacks (AM and PM) for each child, we are requesting parents provide a packed lunch every day for each child to prevent any allergies or dietary issues. Please still alert us to any possible allergies on your registration form so that we can be aware.

What grade should I enroll my child in?

Enroll your child in the grade they will be entering in the fall, NOT the grade they have just completed (e.g. my child is currently in 1st grade but will enter 2nd grade in the fall).

In the example listed, you would register your child as a second-grader.

What if my child is currently in, or has just completed, 5th grade?

At Christ Church, we will promote your child to 6th grade prior to VBS in July, therefore they will not be eligible. However, there are various summer activities they will be welcome to participate in! For more information, please contact Teen Directors EJ Frain (Rockaway Campus) at EJFrain@ChristChurchUSA.org or Erwin Rodriguez (Montclair Campus) ERodriguez@ChristChurchUSA.org for more information about our Middle School program.

Will Vacation Bible School ever leave the Christ Church campus grounds?

No. All activities will take place on our Rockaway Campus.

Can I drop my child off earlier than 8:45am?

No. We open our facility for children to be checked-in as early as 8:45am up until 9:15am. We cannot receive children before this time.

What time should I pick up my child?

Please pick your child/children up promptly at 5pm (or 5:30pm for the Montclair shuttle) as we do not have any extended care available beyond this time. Failure to do so may result in additional late fees.

Can I be with my child at Vacation Bible School?

Yes. Parents are welcome at all times to be a part of the Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) experience, however, if you need to be with your child throughout the week, we ask that you go through a standard background check in order to participate with their group. Our background procedures are required for all individuals 18 and over to ensure a safe and secure environment.

What if someone different than myself is picking up my child?

We understand that during events such as Vacation Bible School (Summer Day Camp) that multiple people may be handling the transportation of the children.

On your registration form, you can authorize up to three individuals to pick up your child if you are not available. Late fees do still apply for late pickup however.

How do I register for Vacation Bible School?

Please click here to register. Super Early Bird Registration begins Saturday, February 15 and late registration closes Sunday, June 28 at 11:59pm.

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