"I love how churches from all different backgrounds come together for the purpose of spreading God’s love to the children in our community. I’ve been to children’s ministry conferences all over the country and other children’s ministers would love to do this in their city. I feel blessed to live in a community where people can serve together, despite theological differences."- Community VBS co-director Kelly Rector.
Our history of holding a community-wide Vacation Bible School here in Madison dates back over 55 years when First Baptist Church and Broadway Second Baptist Church partnered together to put on a VBS. Several years later, First Christian Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity United Methodist, Madison Presbyterian Church, Prince of Peace, and Trinity United Methodist became the forerunners of the tradition of Community VBS. Over the years, several different churches from Madison and Hanover of all different denominations, protestant to catholic, have pooled resources to make this event happen each year.
For many years, First Baptist Church provided the building space for the elementary age VBS children and First Christian Church provided building space for the preschoolers. Then, in 2011, God placed it on our VBS directors' hearts to move outside the church building walls and take VBS to Main Street. Our theme that year, appropriately enough, was "Inside Out and Upside Down on Main St." The opening and closing took place at the Ohio Theater, while the other stations (crafts, lessons, games, etc.) took place in various downtown buildings and at Bicentennial Park. Community VBS has met at different churches and public location in our community. Last year was our first VBS at Pope John XXIII Elementary School. This year marks our first year at Madison Assembly of God!
If you are interested in becoming a partner with us, you can send your donation to:
First Baptist Church
Re: Community VBS
416 Vine Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
Checks can be made out to "FBC," but please write "Community VBS" in the memo section. Any questions? Please contact us at (812) 265-2331 or email@example.com
interested in partnering with us?
Jacob Horn at (812) 273-1601 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Rector at (812) 265-2331 or