Registering and Volunteering for Northeast Presbyterian  VBS 2019

We hope that you will join us for “The Best Week of the Year!” at Northeast Presbyterian Church. This year we will be taking on “The Incredible Race”. Each day will be filled with incredible Bible learning, yummy snacks, creative hands-on crafts, fun, and really cool music. Not to mention some crazy skits! Get ready to have a blast!

Our church is located at 601 Polo Road in Columbia, South Carolina.

Whether this is your first VBS experience at Northeast Presbyterian Church or you are returning for another great week, please take a few minutes to read ALL the information below to make sure you are up to date.

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General Information for all ages of  VBS (including Xtreme and The Bridge)

We offer 4 different experiences during the VBS week based on your child’s age. Each age group is required to wear a VBS t-shirt each day, for safety and security. Each age group and grade level is assigned a different color t-shirt. One t-shirt is included in the registration price, additional t-shirts may be ordered on the registration form for an additional cost.

  • PRESCHOOL VBS 
  • Age potty trained 3 by Jan. 1st, 2019 up to rising Kindergarten**
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • $15 (includes t-shirt, snacks, crafts)
  • ELEMENTARY VBS
  • Ages rising 1st graders to rising 3rd graders
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • $15 (includes t-shirt, snacks, crafts)
  • Xtreme VBS
  • Ages rising 4th graders to rising 5th graders
  • 9:00 am-3:00pm (9:00am-12:00pm Friday Only)
  • $30 (includes t-shirt, snacks, crafts and extended time activities)
  • The Bridge
  • Rising 6th graders
  • 9:00am-3:00pm, partial offsite ( 9:00am-12:00pm Friday only)
  • $60 (includes t-shirt, snacks and offsite activities)

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T-shirts Are Mandatory!!

VBS T-shirts are mandatory for all children participating in NEPC VBS. T-shirt pick up day is June 23rd in the Atrium at NEPC. If you are unable to pick up your child’s t-shirt on that day, you will need to park on the first day ( parking volunteers will assist you in where to park ) and walk your child in to pick up t-shirt.

Volunteers ALL wear NEPC Volunteer t-shirts each day. The same t-shirt was used last year, so if you are a returning volunteer, you may use your volunteer t-shirt from last year or purchase a new one on the volunteer registration form.

You must register by June 9, 2019 to ensure that you have a t-shirt on the very first day of VBS! After that, the t-shirts will be delivered on the second or third day of VBS.

Consent for Treatment is Required

When you register your child for VBS, you consent to NEPC staff providing medical treatment to your child in an emergency, and give permission for the NEPC VBS staff to secure and administer (including transportation and hospitalization) emergency medical treatment for your child.

Consent for Use of Photographs is Required

When you register your child for VBS, you give permission for Northeast Presbyterian Church to use photographs taken at the event for promotional purposes within the church and on printed and electronic media.

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Preschool VBS Information

Our Preschool VBS is for children who are potty trained 3 years old by January 1st, 2019 through those children who are 5 years old but have not yet attended 5 year old Kindergarten. Preschool VBS is from 9:00am until 12:00pm.

Drop off/ Pick up:   Children will be walked into the church, and dropped off and picked up in their assigned classroom each day. You will receive a map to download with registration that will explain this procedure and where to park. A printed map will also be with  your child’s t-shirt on t-shirt pickup day to direct you to correct parking. More specific information will be emailed to you in a VBS Confirmation email, once you have registered your child(ren).

Elementary VBS Information

Our Elementary VBS is for children who are rising 1st graders through rising 3rd graders. Elementary VBS is from 9:00am until 12:00pm.

Drop off/ Pick up: Elementary VBS children will be dropped off and picked up through carpool line. You will receive a map of carpool line to download with  a registration confirmation email. You will also receive a printed map with your child’s t-shirt on t-shirt  pick up day. There will be NEPC volunteers to assist you through carpool line. More specific information will be emailed to you in a VBS Confirmation email, once you have registered your child(ren).

Xtreme VBS Information

Our Xtreme VBS is for children who are rising 4th graders through rising 5th graders only. Xtreme VBS is from 9:00am until 3:00 pm. (9:00am-12:00pm Friday Only)

Drop off/ Pick up: Xtreme VBS children will be dropped off and picked up through carpool line at 3:00pm (12:00pm on Friday only).  You will receive a map of carpool line to download with  a registration confirmation email. You will also receive a printed map with your child’s t-shirt on t-shirt  pick up day. There will be NEPC volunteers to assist you through carpool line. More specific information will be emailed to you in a VBS Confirmation email, once you have registered your child(ren).

The Bridge

The Bridge is a special week during VBS for our rising 6th graders only. It is a time to help transition them into the Student Ministries here at NEPC. They will spend the week doing onsite and offsite activities with our Student Ministry leaders. The Bridge is from 9:00am until 3:00pm. (9:00am-12:00pm Friday only)

Drop off/ Pick up: The Bridge children will be dropped off and picked up through carpool line at 3:00pm (12:00pm Friday only). You will receive a map of carpool line to download with a registration confirmation email. You will also receive a printed map with your child’s t-shirt on t-shirt  pick up day. There will be NEPC volunteers to assist you through carpool line. More specific information, including a schedule for the week, will be emailed to you in a VBS Confirmation email, once you have registered your child(ren).

**The Bridge children will also need a NEPC Medical Release Form completed which will be emailed to each child once they have been registered.

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Volunteers:

Would you like to volunteer for NEPC VBS? We have a place for you! When you register you will have the choice to select the ages and areas that you are interested in volunteering with. Can’t work the entire week? We can find a place for you. 

All volunteers age 18 and up are required to have a Background Check run by NEPC  and completed before June 19th, 2019. And also to read and fill out our Child Protection Policy. These will be emailed to you once you have registered, in the VBS confirmation email. ALL volunteers are required to wear an NEPC Volunteer T-shirt which can be ordered on the registration form. We use the same volunteer t-shirts each year, so if you volunteered with us last year you can wear that one.

**NOTE: Volunteers may reserve a space and bring their younger aged children with them during the VBS week to be cared for in our staffed NEPC nursery. This option is on the volunteer registration form.

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Important Dates:

VBS Workdays: June 11-13 9:00 AM – 12:00 Pm  and June 18 – 20 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (Nursery is available during these times)

Can’t volunteer the week of VBS or just want to get hands on and help out? Join us for the VBS workdays and be the hands and feet of Jesus. No sign up required. A nursery is provided for your little ones.

Volunteer Meeting: June 23rd, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Grand Hall

Ready to take on “The Best Week at NEPC” ? Once you have signed up to volunteer, please attend these 2 important volunteer meetings to get on board!

T-shirt Deadline:

  • June 9th, 2019

Although we do not have a cut off for registration for NEPC VBS, to make sure that you and/or your child(ren) have t-shirts for the very first day of VBS, you will need to complete registration by June 9th, 2019.

**Anyone registered after this will have their t-shirt delivered to the church on the 2nd or 3rd day of VBS.

THE INCREDIBLE RACE HAS BEGUN!!  

This Sunday, June 30th, 2019, the PRESCHOOL-5th Grade VBS children are invited to sing for the congregation at both services (10:00AM & 11:15AM). Any child wishing to participate arrives by 9:00 AM at the Kids Welcome Desk (inside the playground doors) wearing their VBS 2019 tshirt. Children will sing at the beginning of BOTH services and will be cared for until the end of their second performance. Please pick them up after they sing at the 11:15 AM service. If you have any questions, please reach out to Emma Fink at efink@nepres.com !