Vacation Bible School

St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School is back! 

Join us for "Passport to Summer Fun: Travels through the Bible"

June 18-21, 2019 (Tues.-Fri.),  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

We welcome campers age 3 through rising-5th-grade

and volunteer Youth Staff who will be rising Grade 6 or higher.

Please read below for more details! 

Deadline to Register has passed.

All groups are completely full and cannot accommodate additional campers. Sorry, we cannot register new campers at the door.

VBS 2019

Passport to Fun: travels through the Bible

Tuesday June 18 - Friday June 21

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

St. Paul's UMC, Kensington MD

Children age 3 through rising 5th grade from throughout the community will join us for the 2019 VBS program "Passport to Summer Fun: Travels through the Bible." Adult teachers and youth volunteers shepherd our campers as they enjoy Bible stories, songs, crafts, play time, and - of course - snacks! All registered campers (parents/guardians) should have received a confirmation email from a member of our VBS leadership team. (For Youth Helper information, please scroll down to the Youth Helper section!)  

Permission Slip, Medical, and Photo Release forms are available HERE. (If you received a copy by email, it is the same form and you only need to fill it out once.) All campers must have permission forms turned in by or before the first day of camp. Please print a hard copy, fill it out, and bring it on the first day of camp.

Update 6/7/2019: Camp is now completely full! Sorry, we cannot accept any new campers. (The deadline for all camper applications and registration fees was May 1. A limited number of late applications were accepted May 1 to June 1, depending on availability.)

CAMPERS (and parents!) WHAT TO EXPECT:


9:00 a.m. DROP OFF

Drop off each day is in the Sanctuary at St Paul’s. The easiest way to get to the Sanctuary is through the double doors on Armory Avenue. The registration tables will be outside (weather permitting). On the first day, please come 10-15 minutes early to drop off permission slips, pick-up name tags, and find your group before the program starts.

12:00 p.m.  PICK UP

Pick up will be at the child's last center of the day. This means each group will have its own pick-up location. Pick-up locations will be given out on the first day of VBS and posted around the church as well. 


There will be a short program starting at 11:35 a.m. in the Sanctuary on the final day, Friday June 21, starring all of the campers! This is an event not to be missed. Your parents can take you home right after the program is finished.



· Clothes that can get messy or wet – because you just might get messy and wet!

· Sunscreen and bug spray

· Something  - or everything - that matches the Colors of the Day! Here are the themes for 2019:

  • Tuesday: St Patrick’s Day colors (green, gold, etc.)
  • Wednesday: Fourth of July colors (red, white, and blue)
  • Thursday: Halloween colors (black, orange, etc.)
  • Friday: Camp T-Shirt, provided by VBS


Stories this year focus on Bible figures who go on a journey. Here are the scripture passages that will serve as the lesson focus each day.

  • Tuesday: Ruth and Naomi, Ruth 1-4
  • Wednesday: Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem, Luke 2: 4-7
  • Thursday: Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10: 25-37
  • Friday: Parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15: 11-32


If you need more information about VBS and the Camper experience, please contact Robin Mayhew, member of the VBS Leadership Team.

VBS Youth Helpers

Our VBS Volunteer Youth Staff corps is made of young people who will have finished grade 5 and above by the time VBS begins. Due to over-staffing in recent years, we are only taking 40 Youth Helpers.

We received more applications than we have spots available! (Those on the wait list will only be called if someone who has been offered a spot declines or has to drop out.) Weighted preference will be given to those who have served previously as Youth Helpers, those who have been VBS campers, and those who are members of St. Paul's UMC. However, applications are also processed in the order they are received and Youth Helper spots are not guaranteed year to year.

Youth Staff Helpers MUST attend a mandatory orientation session, regardless of previous experience. SSL hours are available for most elements of the camp counselor experience. Youth volunteers must have all permission forms turned in by or before the first day of camp. 

For other questions about Youth Staff Helpers, contact Mrs. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education (, 301-933-7933 ext. 104).

Thank you for your hard work, cheerful presence, and spirit-filled leadership!