Vacation bible school 2023

Vacation Bible School June 5-9, 2023!

Ready, Set, Move!

Whether they’re preschool or elementary aged, kids will move to follow Jesus here, there, and everywhere with this engaging, hands-on Vacation Bible School program.

Summer 2023 will inspire kids to:

  • DO What He Says
  • BELIEVE Who He Is
  • LOVE Who He Loves
  • SHARE What He Did
  • GO Where He Leads


  • Preschool - Grade 6
  • Sunday morning @ 10:40 a.m.

Faith experienced at an early age is the foundation for all other growth.  The Good News we share with our children has the power to transform lives and revitalize communities.  So, let's prepare the ground for a new tomorrow, send down roots anchored in love.  Let's sow in them seeds of mercy and plant them by the river of life.  

Let's teach our kids to RISE UP IN FAITH in this world!


The RISE UP FAITH curriculum One Story approach is to teach stories within the context of the overarching biblical narrative, so that kids and youth can learn each story and how it connects into God’s story. We also want kids and youth to see where they fit into God’s story and discover the role that God has for them as disciples of Jesus. 

MIDWEEK - rise up faith!

  • September - April
  • Preschool - Grade 6
  • Feel free to bring a friend!


Jesus modeled and taught shalom, often by telling stories.  Stories still speak, teach, and nurture.  Reading books that show characters choosing creative and peaceful solutions can help your children choose Jesus' Way of Peace in their own lives here and now.

Shalom Readers Brochure

How do I become a Shalom reader?

The Shalom Readers year begins

September 1 and ends July 31.

  1. Fill out the registration form and give it to the adult Shalom Reader's leader.  
  2. Read, or have someone read to you, 7 books from the Shalom Reader's list.
  3. Keep a list of the books' you've read on a record sheet (also available in the library). Shalom books are located in a specifically designated spot in Bethesda's library.   
  4. Children respond creatively to two of the books and are rewarded with a book of their choice from Shalom Readers!
  5. Please feel free to call Cathy Wismer, Shalom Reader Coordinator, if you have questions.