Planners of the Regional VBS took inspiration from TV cooking shows, placing an emphasis on eating more healthy types of foods. “Shake it Up Café” came from the idea that Jesus calls people to “shake up” their lives.

About Episcopal Regional VBS

NAME: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection Regional Vacation Bible School

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 416 S.E. Grand in Lee’s Summit

VBS: July 11 to 15

PARTICIPATING: About 40 children, 3 years old through fifth grade

Theme: Shake it Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe. Planners of the Regional VBS took inspiration from TV cooking shows, placing an emphasis on eating more healthy types of foods. “Shake it Up Café” came from the idea that Jesus calls people to “shake up” their lives. The VBS served as a way for children to get to know God in a fun, more relaxed type of environment.

Vision: The four Eastern Jackson County churches have been offering the regional VBS for the last eight years. Organizers said the churches combined their efforts as a way to make volunteer recruitment easier. In addition, there are a limited number of children in each congregation, offering a combined program makes planning easier.

What’s happened: Debbie VanPelt-McEnroe, one of the organizers for the regional VB S, said every day time is set aside for Bible stories, crafts, singing, free play and snack time. She said learning about God happens in a fun way for all of the children who attend. In addition, decorations were made to center around this year’s theme to look like cupcakes, pizza and other food. Children received a chef’s apron instead of a T-shirt during this year’s program.

What makes VBS special: “We hold VBS in July. Usually, by that time of the summer, children are missing their school friends, and they're getting bored. VBS is a chance to get out of the house, make new friends, get energized and feel God’s love. Typically, VBS is so much fun that the children don’t even realize they’re learning. They also meet new friends.” – Debbie VanPelt-McEnroe