First UMC vbs 2021
Alachua & High Springs 

Dates: July 26th- 30th, 2021

Time: 9-1pm (*After-care available 1-5:30pm)

Ages: Rising Kindergarten thru completed 5th grade.

Location: First UMC Alachua: 14805 NW 140th St, Alachua, FL 32615

Cost: FREE! (*After-care: $40 for 1st child, additional child $20, $80 max per family. Payments processed by Paypal.)
Scholarships available, please contact Mary Allen for more information.




  • Transportation will be available from FUMC High Springs during VBS(8:30 am drop off and 1:30pm pick-up each day.) After-care pick-up will take place at First UMC Alachua. 

  • Lunch will be provided each day.

Our safety procedures are guided through the United Methodist Child Protection Policy (you can read more here). Your children are safe with us! We will be very strict about parent drop-off, check-in and pick-up, so please prepare accordingly. 


For more information, email Mary Allen director of Family Ministries. 

Check out our FAQ with any more questions!

Join us for a collaborative Vacation Bible School experience with First UMC Alachua and First UMC High Springs. 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 map coordinates from their 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.



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Join the Team!


We are excited to be able to offer an in-person day VBS, along with after-care this year. We need you help and would love to have you join us in this summer adventure. 


Check out some of the amazing opportunities to serve below:

Explorer Guide/Helper: oversee a group of 8-10 children throughout the VBS experience. They guide their assigned group to each station and enter into the experiences with their kids. 

Station Leaders: Lead the various stations like science, bible, missions and more during the VBS day to multiple groups during the day. 


Assist families in the registration and check-in/check-out process. Greet families and guide children to their assigned crew areas. Assist with attendance and distribution of hand-outs. 

Kitchen/Snack Leader: Help prepare, serve and clean up snack rotation, along with help needed with serving lunch. 

Decorating/Set Design: Design, make and set up the main set in the auditorium. Design / put up decorations in lobby and throughout the station areas as needed.

These are just a few of the many ways you can serve and use your gifts at this years VBS, please register at the link below or contact Mary Allen to find the right spot for you!

VBS Volunteer Registration

To register, please take the time to fill out the information below.


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How old does my child need to be to attend?

All children need to be rising kindergarten (starting this fall) through completed 5th grade. We have volunteer opportunities from middle school and older students. Volunteers needing childcare for younger students will be available if needed.

What should my child wear?
Appropriate shorts with comfortable sturdy shoes are recommended every day so your children can freely run and play.  Our crafts are awesome, fun, and potentially messy! Please make sure your children wear play clothes that can get dirty. They can also wear their VBS shirt each day.  We strongly recommend that you apply sunscreen before coming to provide protection from the sun.

What will be provided for Lunch?
Students will receive lunch each day, if concerned about allergies please contact us with those concerns.

How do I check-in/check-out my child?

Elementary Children (Kindergarten – 5th grade) can be dropped off in the Sanctuary in their class assigned row. Please note all parents/person responsible for child will need to sign them in and out every day.

Can my teenager volunteer for VBS?

Yes!! We depend on our youth helpers to make VBS run smoothly each year. Students currently finishing 6th-12th grades can serve as teen volunteers/crew leaders. In fact, VBS needs the help of your teens! All youth helpers must attend training prior to VBS. Training for everyone will be held Sunday, July 25th.

Will you provide transportation for after-care?

We currently do not have transportation available for children staying for the after-care portion of the day. Transportation will be available from First UMC High Springs for children with drop off at 8:30am and pick-up by 1:30pm each day. 

Any other questions?

Contact Mary Allen, Director of Family Ministries with any questions.