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About First Pres

We are a community dedicated to growing in Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, study of the Bible, and service.
We are committed to exemplifying God's love, in word and deed, by caring for one another, our neighbors, and the world.

2019 VBS |RSG | TNT Volunteer Page

Make the Magic!

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.  1 Peter 4:10

One week each summer, First Pres becomes home to more than 300 area children attending either VBS, RSG, or TNT! This is the largest outreach our church has each year.

Making the magic happen takes many hands, and that's where YOU can help.

Be sure to check back here often! We will add items as the needs arise!

VBS - Vacation Bible School

Our Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is a week-long program for children age 4 through 4th grade. Each year we welcome approximately 150 children to First Pres VBS. This year's theme is a safari, "ROAR: Life is wild. God is good." Throughout the week, children will sing songs, learn Bible stories, play games, explore arts and crafts, and (of course) enjoy tasty snacks!Roar_Logo


  • Pith helmet (we will return it!)
  • Any safari-type items to be used as props at the church (we will return these)
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Large cardboard boxes (anything larger than a shoebox)
  • Access to a LIVE GOAT! (yep, you read that right). We'd love to have a GOAT on either July 9 or July 11!
  • Put together welcome packets
  • Help with snacks each morning (7/8-7/12)
  • Prepare daily videos (all days)
  • Provide yummy snacks (any/all days)
  • Help decorate the church (7/7)
  • Teach a class (any/all days)
  • Help with PreK-K crafts (any/all days)
  • Help with 1st-4th crafts (7/8, 7/10, 7/12)
  • Help with the Ice Cream Social (7/12)


Join us for CRAFT NIGHT at First Pres!

  • Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, July 5 at 7:00 pm

RSG - Ready, Set, Go!

RSG (Ready, Set, Go!) is a fun-filled day camp for students entering 5th, 6th & 7th grades. We welcome approximately 125 middle-school kids for a  full-day program is specially designed for older kids. This year's theme, an adjunct of the VBS theme, is "Treasure." During the week the kids go on field trips (e.g., Lincoln Park Zoo, Feed My Starving Children, Enchanted Castle, Mystic Waters), have large group presentations and small group discussions on spiritual and life issues, play games, and do service projects.RSG Treasure


  • Old towels for the RSG car wash (July 10)
  • Wagons for the food drive (July 10)


  • Chaperones for field trips. Contact Susie Kovic for details.

TNT - Teens In Training

TNT is a truly unique summer experience for  kids entering 8th and 9th grades. The students in this program serve as leaders and teacher assistants during VBS in the mornings, then spend the afternoons doing fun activities around the area. We constantly see amazing leadership emerge each year within our TNT program.


  • Chaperones for our really awesome field trips.  Contact Marc Fillion for details.


Please keep in mind first-time volunteers may be subject to a background check, and all are subject to our Child Protection Policy.

Last Published: June 13, 2019 11:53 AM
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