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FOCUS -- Take a Closer Look -- a Virtual Vacation Bible School for Parishes

05.19.20

    Parishes, we are so excited to share with you Focus – Take a Closer Look, a Virtual Vacation Bible School happening July 27-30, 2020. Check out our teaser video above. Here are the details and a FAQ:

     

    How do I register my parish? Fill out this form.

    Will Christ Church Cathedral, St. John the Divine, St. Martin's (the three parishes that collaborated to make Focus -- Take a Closer Look), or the Diocese of Texas have access to my parish families and their contact information? No. All your parish family registration and information stays within your parish.

    How much does it cost? It's free! We will offer the livestream experience, a family or small group outline, crafts, and game ideas for free. Parishes may decide whether to charge for supplies and so on.

    What kind of curriculum guides Focus -- Take a Closer LookWe are excited to help kids dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and his amazing plan for us.

    Your preschoolers through preteens will have a blast as they discover how to trust in what they CAN’T see because of what they CAN see.

    Our virtual and family/small group experiences are designed to teach kids to explore four different ways we can FOCUS on God. Each day, we will introduce a Bible story from the book of Matthew and Big Idea that reinforces the following actions in our faith journeys: HEAR - TALK - PRAY - LIVE.

    What are the main messages for kids in Focus -- Take a Closer Look? Kids learn that faith is trusting in what you *can’t* see because of what you *can* see. Together, we are going to FOCUS and look closer at God, God’s truth, and the people God calls us to love.

    Our guiding verse for the week is: "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.” -- Hebrews 12:2a, NIrV

     
    Before Focus -- Take a Closer Look starts:
     

    How do I advertise Focus -- Take a Closer Look to my parish? After you register, you will receive Dropbox access via email of art files you can use for social media, your website, and any print publications you are making. The link to the teaser video (that you see above) is right here.

    How do my families register? Parishes each make their own registration forms and keep that information within their parish. 

    What materials do my families need prior to the start? We have made a handy list of materials that your parish families can buy and/or find around the house, or that parishes can supply. This link is coming soon.

    What do I need prior to the start? After you register and during Virtual VBS, we will send you the family or small group outline and additional materials.

    What is the latest date my families can sign up? Your parish determines this date.

    During Focus -- Take a Closer Look:

    What time does Focus -- Take a Closer Look happen on July 27-30, and how long is it? 10 a.m. Central Time, for approximately 30-35 minutes. 

    What is the structure? Large group Virtual VBS featuring daily livestreams with our VBS band, worship team, and special friends. Easy-to-follow guides for families and/or small groups will supplement the daily livestreams.

    Is it live or recorded? The main session is live.

    Where do my families tune in? Do they tune in at a specific time, or at any time? They go to vbs4all.com at 10 a.m. Central Time for the livestream. They will also have access to the sessions after they have gone live.

    What do my families need to do to prepare each day? There will be an easy-to-follow, optional family prep guide.

    Is there an interactive component? The livestream will allow for some real time interaction. If parishes would like an interactive component (on Zoom, FB, or other digital platforms), they may provide one themselves specifically for their parish.

      

    After Focus -- Take a Closer Look:

    How can we help the parishes that created this program? Email with the number of children who participated at your parish (no names or contact information, please).