Vacation Bible School 2017

Marketplace 29 A.D.

A Bibletimes Experience

August 21 – 25, 2017
9:00 to NOON (Lunch is included.)

There is an air of excitement this morning as the women fill their jugs and exchange news by the well. Today is market day. Tradesmen shops cluster around the well. Farmers and merchants have set up booths. Everyone hopes to visit the storyteller who is sojourning with a caravan at the edge of town.

Rumors are circulating about a teacher and his followers who have been attracting large crowds around the countryside. It is said he may visit the Marketplace this very day!

Vacation Bible School will recreate life in Jesus’ time. Be a member of a traditional family — named for one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel — as it may have been in the year 29 A.D., near the height of Jesus’ ministry. Participants will consider the all-important water well, and take part in drama as it happens around them.

Live in a tent. Caravan to the storyteller. Pound Roman coin. Bake bread. Sing and dance. Spend five mornings in the open marketplace where you may dip candles, create footwear, weave baskets, design jewelry, enjoy woodworking, visit the spice shop and grain mill, spin a dreidel, and “compete’” in ancient games. Board a departing ship at the harbor. And much more!

Dress in Biblical costume once you arrive. Witness the drama of tax collectors, Roman soldiers, a fortuneteller, fishermen, and others whose lives Jesus touched.

For more information, please contact:
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
858 273-1480 •


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June 13, 2017

This past Sunday, during worship we thanked our Education leaders and Sunday School teachers for volunteering with our children. This attitude of gratitude felt especially fitting for my family. When my son, Justin, sadly learned about Merrie’s hospitalization, he repeatedly expressed his deep gratitude for her friendship. Confirmation brought Merrie and Justin together in 2016: She agreed to be his mentor. They did numerous activities together. What a precious gift she gave our family. As a parent, I am so grateful that Merrie said “yes” to being Justin’s mentor. On behalf of all of the children and youth of St. Mark’s, I am also deeply grateful to all of you for saying “yes” to supporting our youth. It cannot be said enough: Positive friendships with adults are the top reason youth stay connected to their church.

The photos below show some of the highlights of the past five months. All these moments were possible thanks to our supportive community. From parents who drive their kids to youth group every week, to adult volunteers and staff who share their time, to those who gave donations: Thank you all for being a blessing to our youth. I hope, in turn, that even as we mourn, their youthful energy and joy will refresh our souls. We really do have amazing children and youth at St. Mark’s.
God bless,
Kris Nieder

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