July 17, 2020
Backyard VBS!
Normal First is throwing it back old school style with Backyard VBS.

FOCUS Backyard VBS will help kids dive deeper into their faith. Kids will have a blast as they discover how to trust in what they cannot see because of what they can see by putting their FOCUS on God.
  “Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith.” Hebrews 12:2

Parents/Guardians, you can participate in FOCUS Backyard VBS in one of two ways:

1.       Register your child(ren) preschool to 5 th grade for FOCUS Backyard VBS on August 3rd, 4th, 5th from 6-7:30p in a church members backyard. This option includes a small group of children (10) and two background checked adult leaders. Parents have the option to stay (socially distanced from the children) or drop off and pick up. Location will be sent to you after registration. All homes are local. Masks are encouraged and all activities/games have been modified to keep kids 6 ft. apart. This event is free.

2.       Participate in FOCUS VBS as a family or host your own Backyard VBS whenever you want, however you want. This option is a great one if you want to invite a few neighborhood kids or cousins/friends to participate with you! Just let us know the number of kids participating and we will provide all the materials you need! This option is also free. If you are wanting to host your own Backyard VBS, you will need a kit.
  What is in the FOCUS VBS kit?
•            Some fun stuff for kids to use this whenever they want (bubbles, sunglasses, playdough, etc.)
•            Activity Packets for three days. Each day activities will take around 1.5 hours. All materials, including instructions, for activities will be provided in kit.
•            Parent Resources and links to FOCUS VBS Videos.
•            Instructions and talking points to help kids dive deeper into their faith.

The Children’s Ministry Team tried to make this as easy and safe as possible. We do not want it to be complicated or overwhelming. Our hope is that FOCUS Backyard VBS is a FUN addition to your summer! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jill McNiff at jmcniff@normalfirst.org.

Here is the registration link for both options.

Remember, this is all FREE! If you would like to make a donation to the church, visit our online giving at www.normalfirst.org
Serving Others
Some of you have requested ideas on ways to serve our church family during this time. Here are two ways your family can be the church.
  1. Volunteer as a family for Drive-Through Noisy Offering on July 25th from 10-11 at Normal First Parking Lot. Show up with signs of thanks and energy to cheer on folks as they drive through and drop their noisy change and quiet bills to benefit our in-house college ministry, MERGE. Drive-Through Noisy Offering Volunteer Sign Up
  2. Your family can write letters, color pictures, and send cards to our shut-ins and nursing home residents. Jill McNiff has a list of names and address. Email her at jmcniff@normalfirst.org for a few names.

Sunday Eve Devotion for Kids and Doodle Tuesday Live!
Join us on Facebook Live for Sunday Eve Devotion for Kids every Sunday at 6p. We have some special guests lined up so be sure to tune in!

Like to draw and doodle? Hop on Facebook and join us for Doodle Tuesday Live each Tuesday at 4p.

Win your own East Bay Camp in a Box!
Family Challenge
Take a picture or video of your family being the church and send to jmcniff@normalfirst.org and automatically be entered into a drawing for an amazing camping experience right in your own home. Deadline to enter is July 31!