Weird Animals Vacation Bible Camp (VBC)

“Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind”

~By Patricia Pastás

 Thanks to a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers and staff, our first Vacation Bible Camp was a great success. Using a curriculum entitled, “Weird Animals,” Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind that focused on teaching that Jesus loves you even when you are left out (Luke 17:11-19), or even though you are different (John 4:1-30) or even when you don’t understand (John 13:1-17), the children engaged in a series of zoo themed activities. They had a daily Bible lesson, learned new songs, heard about the church mission and the Center of Food Action “Back to School Program”, had fun with sciency-fun gizmos, had yoga time and played outdoors or in the sanctuary, ate yummy snacks and gathered for an opening “Sing and Play Stampede” and a closing “Tail End.” During the Friday Tail End session, parents and guardians came earlier to see their children sing and celebrate our final day together.

There were about 27 children from ages four to twelve enrolled and the daily attendance averaged around 25. Six youth assisted the adult leaders, and their help was invaluable. Members of the congregation helped also.  Julie Sibbald was awesome leading the imagination station. Now she has another story to tell!  Angela Cays, assisted by Claudia Herrera, led the yoga and games. I learned from Angela that when presented in a child's language and connected to the VBC theme, yoga can help offset the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world.  Claudia Pastás, my sister, assisted by Monica Penarrieta who is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgefield Park, put together attractive and tasty snacks and help in the cleaning of the Covenant room and the kitchen on the last day- excellent!  Mike Holt and Tina O’Shea (who also served as registrars), led the “Kid-Vid Cinema,” a video and discussion time where children met real kids who are relying on God as they face life’s challenges. Alice Luddington led the mission station and invited a guest from the Center of Food Action (CFA) to talk to the children about the “Back to School Program”. Alice was very supportive by providing decorated boxes to collect the supplies and delivered the donated school supplies to the CFA on Friday. Special thanks go to Pastor Lou who engaged the children in Bible Adventures with related fun activities, Mall Kiil who led the music time where we had so much fun learning the motions and the new songs, Siegi Lehman who with her special photography talent, every child at Weird Animals was a star. Siegi led the “Spotlight” station and she captured all the fun photos for us to enjoy on Sunday and for future generations. A Fabulous work of Janet Watkins and Sabine Derringer behind the scene on planning and creating the decorations in the Covenant room, the sanctuary, the second floor class rooms and the vestibule and Claudia Herrera in helping them putting the decorations up.

Finally tremendous thanks to our youth helpers, Elementary and Preschool leaders: Jack O’Shea, Michele Palermo, Danny Rodriguez, Alexander Reyes, Stephanie Sanjines, Gretchen Kilgore, Tyashia Drakeford and Patti Morrealle. These folks provided a great, 3-day VBC and an unforgettable experience for the children and adults. May God bless you all!

Family, Children and Youth Ministries


 Welcome to our Church School!

We are glad that you are interested in finding out more about our classes and activities for children, youth.

High Mountain Presbyterian Church welcomes families of all
kinds, and people of all ages, to join us and grow together in God’s love, to
bond in community and be transfo rmed in the Way of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we explore the meaning of God’s Word to us today, we celebrate
in worship, sacraments, education, and service. We engage in ministries of love, justice, and witness shaped and led by the Holy Spirit.

Every Sunday, our youngest children gather with caring,
nurturing teachers and childcare workers in a safe and welcoming environment to learn about God’s Word and love for them.

Every Sunday, teachers and older kids gather together to
learn Bible stories, Jesus' teachings, have hands-on activities, and join in
singing, sharing and fun.

Every Sunday, we have Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. This service includes a “Time with Children.” The children are invited to come to the front of the Sanctuary for a time of conversation with the pastor following the first reading. The children are seated together on the floor in the front and the pastor engages them in some element of the mornings theme in worship. Children and youth often participate in worship leadership by doing lay readings, sharing about their mission trips or offering special music.
are some of the opportunities for learning and worship in community.
We hope you will join us!