Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Every year we host a week-long journey exploring God’s word through song, story, mission, craft, and science.

2022 VBS – Knights of North Castle, June 20-24, 6-8:15pm (in-person)

North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is. Help kids take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God and sharing God’s love in a world that needs it more than ever. Theme Bible Verse “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.” Ephesians 6:10

Sign-up to participate (for free) in Vacation Bible School by filling out this form, saving it, and attaching it to a new email to  Cindy Saylor (

Age 3 through and including those entering 6th grade. From 5:15 to 5:45 PM we will also have a free light supper in the social hall (see welcome letter below for menu). Parents must be present until 6pm.

Volunteer’s are welcome and we offer Student Service Hours. Anyone willing to help/volunteer please email Cindy Saylor.

2022 VBS Welcome Letter and Additional Information(Click to expand)

Dear Families,

We at Deer Park UM Church are excited to tell you about our upcoming Vacation Bible School program, so please mark June 20 – June 24, 2022 on your calendar. Our program is for ages 3 years through and including those entering 6th grade. You won’t want your children to miss the fun!

Our program is called “Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor” and will be hosted by the Armorer and Sparky the Dragon Puppet who is very funny. Each evening they will use humor and fun to lay the foundation for the session’s activities during the opening assembly and then reinforce what the children have learned from each session in the closing assembly. North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant knights are on a quest in search of the King’s armor. The children will take on the role of brave knights and they will learn to be strong in the Lord and they will learn the strength of God’s power. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor representing truth, justice, peace, faith and salvation. After a high-energy opening assembly time our knights will make their way through 3 stations Music, Crafts, and Story Telling and then back to their classrooms for Reflection Time. The evening will end up back where it started, in the sanctuary, for our closing assembly.

Please plan to join us from 5:15 to 5:45 PM in our social hall each evening for an free light supper to help minimize the evening rush. We do ask that all children be supervised by a parent and/or guardian until it is time for our “official” Vacation Bible School opening time of 6:00 PM. As always, there will be a DAILY Sign-in/Sign-out sheet with your child’s classroom leader in the sanctuary that you will be asked to complete. We will be meeting and dismissing from the sanctuary daily to assure your child’s safety. We do ask that parents accompany their children from the meal to the sanctuary. Please plan to sign your children in with their leaders between 5:45 and 6:00 PM. Please plan to return by 8:00 PM to share the daily closing with your children.

Each day your child will be invited to wear the color of the day and to participate in our mission for the week. Our mission will be to collect non-perishable food items for children in need in our area through Carroll County Food Sunday. The color of the day and daily food item is listed below.

Color Mission
Monday Red Complete Pancake Mix (requires only water), Syrup
Tuesday Orange Macaroni & Cheese
Wednesday Green Peanut Butter
Thursday Blue Kids Cereal
Friday Purple Spaghetti, Spaghetti sauce


Dinner Menu for the week:
Monday: Pasta and marinara sauce, Ice cream sandwiches
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A strips and macaroni and cheese, Rice Krispie treats
Wednesday: Hot dogs, chips, Jello cups
Thursday: Burgers, fruit cup, applesauce, Little Debbie cakes
Friday: Pizza


Kathie Browning
VBS Director

If you have an questions you can contact me at or our church office @ 410-848-2313

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2021 Virtual VBS, Discovery on Adventure Island
Monday-Friday (June 21-25) We didn’t let the pandemic stop us from having a great week of virtual vacation bible school fellowship!  Check out all the fun here below (also available here: DPUMC VBS 2021.pptx)

From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, Explorers are guided by a Lighthouse Keeper and Beacon the Puffin on an exciting quest to find five mysterious Infinity Lanterns to help light their way. Using coordinates from the Reference Book (the Bible), children discover clues to finding each Lantern while learning how God’s light shines in the lives of familiar biblical characters in Old and New Testament stories. Theme Bible Verse: “Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’S glory has shone upon you!” Isaiah 60:1

2019 VBS, To Mars and Beyond
Monday – Friday (June 24-28). “To Mars and Beyond” where children explore where god’s power can take you. Galaxy voyagers journey from their galactic outpost on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, they’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them, too. Theme Bible Verse: “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

SAFE SANCTUARY – All volunteers working with VBS in any capacity must be trained.  The Safe Sanctuary Policy requires yearly training. Thank you to everyone who supports VBS!