Fun for kids of all ages at Asbury UMC: VBS & summer camps!

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Asbury United Methodist Church’s Children’s Ministry has some amazing opportunities for kids of all ages this summer, including their summer camp program and vacation bible school.

Asbury is offering a wide range of summer camp options from musical theatre to chess to volleyball, there’s something for everyone. Click here to register now!

“Relaxed, easy-going, and fun. Those are the three words that parents always use when they tell me how much they–and their children–love our summer camps. These are not intense, competitive activities; we just really want to introduce kids to new activities so they can get a feel for sports or the arts.”

Ellen Dean, Director of Recreation

By popular demand, Asbury has tailored its camps to last a few hours in the morning or afternoon. However, you can combine camps to create an all-day option or enroll in a camp that follows Asbury’s Vacation Bible School on June 24-27.

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Summer Camps

Musical theatre

  • When: June 11-13, 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • Age: 2nd-6th Grade
  • Cost: $25
  • About: Campers will participate in music, drama and movement classes and apply what they’ve learned in a short production on the final day.

Indoor Lacrosse

  • When: June 18-20, 9:30AM-Noon
  • Age: 2nd-5th Grade
  • Cost: $70
  • About: Campers will learn game fundamentals, stick skills, footwork, and lacrosse lingo.
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Indoor soccer

  • When: June 24-27, 12:30-2:30PM
  • Age: 1st-5th grade
  • Cost: $85
  • About: Campers will learn passing, dribbling skills, and rules as well as play games. This camp follows Vacation Bible School (VBS), which offers an all-day camp option.

Chess

  • When: June 24-27, 12:30-3:30PM
  • Age: 2nd-6th grade
  • Cost: $85
  • About: Campers will learn the fundamentals of chess and challenge each other through play. This camp follows Vacation Bible School (VBS), which offers an all-day camp option.

Princess

  • When: June 24-27, 12:30-2:30PM
  • Age: K5-3rd grade (girls)
  • Cost: $85
  • About: Campers will learn how to behave as princesses at all times with lessons in dance, character, and manners. This camp follows Vacation Bible School (VBS), which offers an all-day camp option.
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Dance

  • When: June 24-27, 12:30-2:30PM
  • Age: 3rd-6th grade (girls)
  • Cost: $85
  • About: Campers will learn fundamentals in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, and jazz/hip hop. This camp follows Vacation Bible School (VBS), which offers an all-day camp option.

Basketball

  • When: June 9-11, 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • Age: 2nd-6th grade
  • Cost: $70
  • About: Campers will learn basic ball handling, shooting, and dribbling skills. This camp can be combined with Science for an all-day option.

Science

  • When: July 9-11, 1-3:30PM
  • Age: 2nd-6th grade
  • Cost: $70
  • About: Campers will explore the different sciences including earth/space, engineering and biology.
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Volleyball

  • When: July 16-18, 9:30Am-12:30PM
  • Age: 2nd-6th grade (girls)
  • Cost: $70
  • About: Campers will learn basic volleyball skills like hitting, setting, serving and scoring.

Board Game

  • When: July 25, 10AM-Noon
  • Age: 1st-5th grade
  • Cost: $25
  • About: Campers will be challenged in a variety of games from classics to brand-new releases.

Vacation Bible School

Whether you opt to have your child attend VBS and summer camp (for an all-day care option) or you’re just interested in teaching your kids about the love of Jesus, vacation bible school at Asbury is just around the corner. Out of thousands of churches across the country, Cokesbury, the publishing house of the United Methodist Church, chose Asbury to test out its new VBS theme for 2020: The Knights of North Castle.

  • When: June 24-27, 8:30AM-Noon
  • Age: K5-6th grade
  • Cost: $5
  • About: Experience God’s grace, love, and joy! This four-day event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at noon. Pre-registration is required this year and spots fill quickly. Click here to learn more.
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VBS comes to life June 24-27 from 8:30 to noon and is open to K5 to rising sixth graders. The $5 registration fee pays for a T-shirt, all craft supplies, a snack each day.

“VBS is an intergenerational church-wide effort,” says Children’s Ministry Director Angie Gongwer. “Every single person in our 2,200-member church pours into the faith development of these children and we know that no matter who they are or where they’re coming from, they’ll be loved.”

More than 400 children have registered for VBS at Asbury so far. To help give attendees the best possible experience, no walk-in registration will be offered. Parents must pre-register children online. Registration closes when 600 children are registered.

For children with special needs, Asbury is proud to offer Shepherd’s Ministry, a dedicated team designed to support children with special needs including autism and ADHD. From a special sensory room to dedicated student aids, their team is trained to help children learn and feel loved in a way they’re most comfortable.

In honor of its Shepherd’s Ministry program, Asbury UMC will also be taking up a special offering for the Overton House run by Glenwood Inc. and the United Methodist Children’s Home. Overton is home to eight teenagers in Birmingham who are unable to live in their own homes because of their parents’ inability to care for them or because of behavior issues.

Any money collected during VBS will go to Overton to help create an intentional outdoor space for residents complete with hardscape design, special paving, and play areas including sensory elements.

For more information about Asbury summer camps, vacation bible school and more, click HERE.

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