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Branson United Methodist to sponsor superhero VBS, registration opens July 1

The Branson United Methodist Church on West Hwy 76 has found the key to youngsters’ hearts: superheroes!  In September of 2022, the church’s Family Ministry Committee decided to offer a one-day superheroes training camp as one of several mega events for the community that year. 

“Of all the events we have held for the community in recent years, none have been better attended or more exciting to the community kids and parents than the superheroes,” says Waverly Engle, coordinator of the church’s Family Ministry Committee.

While brainstorming theme ideas for Vacation Bible School this year, the planners unanimously agreed on the theme: Jesus Is My Superhero! The Family Ministry Committee, comprised of educators with backgrounds in elementary teaching and administration, reading specialists and parents, played with the idea a bit and identified four super strengths that Jesus illustrated. There is a super strength to explore each day of this year’s Vacation Bible School, through six activities: music, a science project, a Bible story, an outdoor water game, a craft, and a cooking session. “From there, the ideas just fell into place,” said another enthusiastic planner. There is an educator in charge of every session. Cathy Dalton, Gifted Education teacher for Hollister Elementary Schools until her retirement this spring, will be in charge of a daily science project for each small group.

This year’s VBS is expected to be a big hit with the students of all ages. Branson United Methodist Church is offering it at no cost for area kids who have completed any grade K through five, and not just for members of the church.  Older fans of superhero comics will also be gladly accepted as small group co-leaders to the adult educators. “Capes are optional,” laughs Marj Trumble, prior elementary teacher and principal in Branson.

While there is no charge to attend, participants must be registered by their parent or guardian. “We are not sure how many students we will be able to accept,” states Tom Engle, church treasurer. It may depend on the breakout of ages as children are divided into six smaller groups for the daily sessions. I would advise parents to enroll early on the website.” Registration opens July 1. “Jesus, My Superhero” will be held July 29 through August 1 at Branson United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Sack lunches will be sent home daily with students. Wednesday evening, the children will present their super strengths to family members. For enrollment, scan below or call: 417-334-3423.

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