Children looking for a fun week of creating, connecting and caring for the Earth this summer can head to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham for “Re-New (the Green VBS)”. This vacation Bible school is for kids from preschool to fifth grade, with leadership opportunities for older children and teens.

The fun begins Sunday afternoon, June 26 with a kick-off picnic and hands-on eco-activites (including seeing new solar panels in action), and continues through Thursday, June 30. Sessions run from 9:30am to 12:15pm each weekday, including a snack.

At ReNew, children will join in a week of high-action games, awesome music, Bible stories and cool crafts, all of which will help kids and volunteers celebrate the Earth and grow in caring for creation.  The kids will learn about God’s call to care for the earth and all who inhabit it, and to think about practical ways of doing this, such as: recycling, borrowing instead of buying, walking or biking instead of driving, planting a garden, making compost from household waste and purchasing locally grown food when possible.   Each day the kids will plant seeds to take home in biodegradable containers.  Special guests will be part of the program, including greetings from a farmer, an animal shelter, and an architect.

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All of the decorations and crafts will be from re-used or recycled materials.  The community can pitch in by dropping off clean plastic water bottles, tomato paste cans, paper towel tubes, silk/plastic flower leaves, as well as old gameboards, maps, or greeting cards. 

Sign-up forms are available on the church’s web site at or via the Gloria Dei office at (973) 635.5889. The church is located at 300 Shunpike Road.