Family Friendly VBS 2020 for Home:

All Ages, Stages, and Sages!

A Congregational Time of Growing Together in Community while Apart
Welcome to VBS at Gloria Dei!

We’re so glad you are here! Whether you are a family with children, youth, or an adult young or old, VBS (Virtual Bible School) is for you! There are multiple ways for people of all ages to connect together as a community and grow in faith. Have fun!

VBS hubs around a weekly video link that introduces the Bible lesson, memory verse, and songs. Resources for home include ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and respond to each week’s Bible story, and all of this is accessible whenever it works for your schedule.

This year’s theme is: “20/20 Vision”

We’ll be studying the stories of Jesus healing the blind.  There’s a lot for us to unpack. How do we see Jesus? Where do we see Jesus? What is Spiritual blindness? What are we blind to? What does healing mean? How does Jesus restore wholeness? What does it mean to be in community? Is anyone excluded? How do we see the world? How might we see the world differently?

Week One:  July 13:  Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus, Mark 10:46-52

Week Two:  July 20:  Jesus Heals the Blind Man, Mark 8:22-26

Week Three:  July 27:  A Man Born Blind Receives Sight, John 9

Feel free to share this curriculum with others. For more information please contact Deacon Beth Tobin, Education & Children’s  Ministry.

Scripture Passages

Mark 10:46-52  Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 356 #313

Video Storytelling:  Watch Here

Puppet Show by Alaina Houser and the Houser Family

Mark 8:22-26 Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida

Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu page 92

The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batvhelor page 340 #299

Video Storytelling:  Watch Here

Claymation by Bryn Kunkel

John 9  A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

Background Information

Mark 10:46-52 Background Info

Background Info on Mark 10:46-52

Mark 8:22-26 Background Info

Sacred Space Mark 8:22-26

What Can We Learn from the Healing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida?

John 9 Background Info

Background Info on John 9 by Beth Tobin

Living Lutheran’s Lectionary Blog: “None so blind as …”

Living Lutheran’s Lectionary Blog: “On seeing … and not seeing”

Memory Verse

This year’s memory verse is Matthew 5:16. 

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.

We’ve included more verses here for context.  

You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14 (NRSV)

Matthew 5:14-16 from The Message, “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.


Supplies were distributed to those who registered in advance.  Remaining supplies are available in the church office while supplies last.  Please contact Deacon Beth Tobin or the church office at 360-357-3386 to see if there are supplies still available. Supply List PDF

Check Out These Summer Prayer Ideas!

Thank You!

Thank you to the many many people who have helped bring this VBS to life.  For all of your creativity and video work, and your willingness to share and shine your light brightly — thank you!!  

VBS Donations

Usually there is a $25 registration fee for VBS at Gloria Dei. This year we are waving the registration fee and asking for donations instead to cover the cost of supplies. All donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

Ways to donate:  

By Check:
Please make checks out to GDLC and note “VBS Supplies” on the memo line. Mail your check to:
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1515 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502

By Text:
You may text your donation to Gloria Dei’s Give+ Text Number. Text the dollar amount and “VBS” to 833-612-6015. Example: “25 VBS”.  

Online: Donate Here


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