Vacation Bible School (VBS) has been an integral part of the church’s education, evangelism, and outreach programs. Since 1990, the VBS has been led by the Christian Education Chairperson and various members who volunteer their talents and time to give the children of the church and community a chance to experience God. The directors were Cynthia Winkler, Taileia Ramsey, Roderick Harden, Sr. Sharon Grant, Patra Jones, and Rosemary Atkinson.
The volunteers helped the children to:
- Discover how the ordinary become extraordinary with God
- Meet people from the Bible who used materials on hand to make something amazing with God
- Experience the love of Jesus, as they heard his message to expect great things with God; and explore how to use their hearts, minds, and imaginations to follow the examples of God.
The volunteers guided the children through registration, assembly, bible study, crafts, mission, music, recreation, science and wonderful snacks and lunch. The volunteers, Donna Berry, Pat McCaskill, Annie Thompson, Roderick, Harden, Cathy Harden, Evelyn Harden, Khaila Harden, Edward Tildon, Clorie Tildon, Gloria Parham, Reada Nelson, Veronica Tubman, Kendall Tubman, Ian Tubman, Betty Berry, Diane Lennon, Rose Marie Divers, Ida Colfield, Muriel Praileau, Ernestine Washington, Eileen Manning, Edna Ruff, Mary Dorsey, Shirley Christian, Audrey Roberson, Margaret Hawkins, Samontra Brightful, Linda Baker, Marjorie Jennings, and Sonya Lynch believed that a successful VBS is measured by how much it helps to guide children on the journey to seek and know God through Jesus Christ. In 2012, VBS begin to offer a class for our older youth volunteers in middle and high school led by Paul Mills. The VBS at Union Memorial United Methodist Church leaves the children and volunteers with a richer understanding of our calling to serve God with all the creative gifts God has given us.