From July 23 to 27, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights will be transformed into a tropical paradise for the community's children.

The annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), that traditionally attracts about 100 children yearly, will provide a edu-fellowship opportunity for the whole child. Through music, art, movement and instruction, local youth will learn about the fundamental promises of faith. Classes take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday, with a closing program at 7:00 PM on Friday evening for camper's families and the general public. 

Each year, a local organization focusing on youth benefits from the week's "spare change" collection. Past year's recipients have been the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, FAAN, the Butterfly Project and CASA. This year, TREND (Turning Recreational Events in New Directions), a student group at Governor Livingston High School, will benefit as campers learn about how giving a little helps a lot.

The registration deadline has been extended to July 18. Forms can be downloaded at or picked up in the church office at 725 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights between the hours of 9-12. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Westminster will celebrate 50 year's of presence in the community with a special service this September 16th. The church's robust VBS program is a jewel in the crown of this church and the community.