July 23-27, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Welcome to Shipwrecked! We’re so glad you’re interested in Vacation Bible School at Sterling United Methodist Church!
A little about this year’s program:
Welcome aboard! Venture on to an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible discoveries, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Sail Away Send-Off that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.
Age Requirement and Placement:
This adventure is available to all children, age 3* through rising 6th grade. (*Children must have turned 3 by the first day of VBS and be potty-trained). Preschoolers will be placed in separate small groups and elementary-age children will be placed in small groups of similar age and grade levels. If there is someone that you really want your child grouped with, please write the friend’s name in the specified place on the registration form. While we cannot guarantee that all placement requests will be fulfilled, we will do our best to honor them. Also, siblings are NOT automatically placed together in the same group unless specifically requested by the parent.
4th and 5th grade-While keeping with the Shipwrecked theme, these older children will branch off for their own exciting mission-based adventures.
Please complete one registration form per family. The cost of the program is $40 per child until June 15, with a maximum of $85 per family. After June 15 cost is $45 per child with a maximum of $95 per family. The cost DOES include a T-shirt for each child. You may write a check for the registration fee (plus any music that you may want to order) made out to Sterling UMC, please write “VBS” in the memo section of the check.
If using the online registration form, please mail your payment to Sterling UMC, Attn: VBS, 304 East Church Road, Sterling, VA 20164.
Registration forms are also available outside the church office. You may leave completed forms, along with payment, in the box marked “VBS Registration Forms” which is located on the table just outside the church office. Registration forms will be accepted on a first-come basis until classes are filled.
Pre-registration is required. REGISTRATION ENDS ON JULY 15. No walk-ins will be accepted on July 23.
Many volunteers are needed. If you are able to volunteer during VBS week, we need your help! We will have a nursery available for volunteers’ (ONLY) younger children. Teens are also encouraged to volunteer. There’s a place for everyone at Shipwrecked. Also, if you are able and willing to help out with our VBS program, but are unable to be there during the daytime, please let us know how and when you might be able to contribute. There are plenty of things that will need to be done in advance. Please fill out the separate volunteer form.
Heather Toth, Director of Children’s Ministries at (703) 430-6455 or email