Registering and Volunteering for Northeast Presbyterian  VBS 2021

We hope that you will join us for “The Best Week of the Year!” at Northeast Presbyterian Church. This year we will be heading to “Mystery Island”. Join us June 21-25, 2021 as we set sail to explore the mystery of who God is!

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 The Bridge)

We offer 3 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, 2021 up to rising Kindergarten**
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • $15 (includes t-shirt, snacks, crafts)
  • ELEMENTARY VBS
  • Ages rising 1st graders to rising 5th graders
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • $15 (includes t-shirt, snacks, crafts)
  • The Bridge
  • Rising 6th and 7th graders
  • 9:00am-12:00pm, partial offsite
  • $40 (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. The last day to register to make sure you have a VBS t-shirt on the first day is June 9th, 2021. T-shirt pick up day is June 20th 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. If you are a returning volunteer, you may use your NEPC VBS volunteer t-shirt from last year. If you are new to volunteering or need a new t-shirt, you may order them on the registration form.

Registration ends June 16th, 2021. We are NOT taking walk-ups this year due to our Covid-19 restrictions. 

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, 2021 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 5th 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).

The Bridge

The Bridge is a special week during VBS for our rising 6th – 7th 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 12:00pm. 

Drop off/ Pick up: The Bridge children will be dropped off and picked up through carpool line at 12:00pm. 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 14th, 2021. 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.  If you volunteered with us last year you can wear that one, or purchase a volunteer tshirt when you register.

**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 8-10, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 Pm  and June 15-17 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (Nursery is available for children 5 and under 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 aged 5 and younger.

**MANDATORY VBS VOLUNTEER MEETING WILL BE SUNDAY, JUNE 20th at 4:00 PM in the NEPC Grand Hall**

Online VBS Registration Is Now Closed. Please Contact Whitney McCarley for questions. wmccarley@nepres.com