Vacation Bible School 2019


Bridge Park in Sylva
June 10 - 14 from 9 AM - 12 PM

Join First Methodist, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. John's Episcopal and The Summit for our annual community vacation bible school! Serving Pre-K through 5th grade with missions focused programming for our youth 6th grade+.

Please visit our VBS website for participant and volunteer registration:


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On Wednesday May 1, the youth and children who are attending Passport will be serving supper.  All proceeds from this evening will go toward helping defray the cost of these groups attending Passport this summer. 

The children will be attending Passport kids in Montreat, NC from June 30 - July 3.  The youth will be attending Passport Missions in Averett, VA from June 23 - 28. Passport is a way for our youth and children to grow in their faith.  The children’s program includes activities, Bible study and worship designed specifically for children to build their faith and strengthen their walk with Christ. Passport Missions, for youth, takes them a step beyond into a week of service through mission projects planned and supervised by the Passport staff. In addition to their own times of Bible study and worship, they will be serving in the community through leading children’s activities and day camps, cleaning the yards of the elderly, doing painting and light construction, working in food banks and shelters and many other hands on ministry projects. 

Please come to dinner on Wednesday night, May 1, as we focus on After School and the ministry we are engaged in here at home and plan to join us in time for supper as well, and contribute to the spiritual growth of our youth and children by donating to the Passport fund.

PASSPORTkids! Camp 2019

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This summer children and youth will be able to attend an overnight Christian camp experience called PASSPORTkids! in Montreat, NC, June 30 – July 3, 2019.
PASSPORTkids! is for campers going into the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades at the start of school in August. While at PASSPORTkids! Camp, campers will participate in Bible study, worship, missions, and many other fun activities with campers from all over the Southeast!
This year's theme is "Fearless" based on 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14.

For more information about Passport Camp click here:

A deposit of $50 per camper is due as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
Total cost per camper is $300.

See Kelly Brown, 1st Explorers Ministry Director for more details

Youth Ski Retreat

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This past weekend the youth joined youth groups from approximately 14 other North Carolina CBF churches in a time of worship and fellowship in West Virginia. We arrived on Friday night. First stop was check-in at Winterplace, where we met with the retreat organizer and picked up our equipment for Saturday. Although Saturday was very cold, it was a great day for skiing and snowboarding. Conditions were super and everyone had a good time. After a day of fellowship on the slopes, we all met at Tamarack center for a wonderful meal and Bible study, then a moving time of worship with the entire group. Worship leaders Katie and John Callaway did a terrific job of helping us examine the idea of community as believers. Using the story of Ruth, Katie led us to open our minds to faithful, unconditional love for others and providing a true sense of belonging within our communities. Sunday morning continued the theme of “Called Together” with worship that included communion. The send-off was a challenge to love others the way Christ has loved us.


Pray for Youth Retreat

On Friday, the youth will be traveling to West Virginia to join with other youth groups from North Carolina CBF churches in a time of fellowship, worship, and Bible study. This is an annual event provided by our state fellowship and youth leadership. We attended this retreat last year and had a wonderful time and are looking forward to another special time together. Our theme this year is “Called Together”, emphasizing our need to come together as the people of God. Please be in prayer for us as we travel and participate in this event.

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Coat Drive

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The youth are collecting coats. Our goal is to provide some warmth for any in our community who are without a coat this winter. We will also take sweaters, hoodies, and other jackets. So if you have a coat or jacket that you no longer wear, bring it to the Loving Kindness Room. Please make sure that it is laundered before you bring it! We will be collecting coats through Wednesday, the 19th.