Vacation Bible School

April 27, 2017

CALLING ALL VBS HEROES to First United Methodist Church in Hemphill

Cokebury’s VBS HERO CENTRAL is designed to introduce students to a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  This VBS is based on the Bible and the gospel of the living Christ.

* Students will discover their strength in God

           *Explore God’s mission for their lives

*Encounter epic adventures alongside biblical heroes

*Realize qualities that make them truly heroes in God


While at VBS, children learn Bible stories, meet new types of people, have a good time with friends, and enjoy fun activities they can’t have at home.  At VBS, children learn Bible verses, act out Bible stories, sing contemporary Biblical music, watch, and participate in skits, create crafts, play games in recreation, discover science activities, and have a healthy snack.

VBS also offers an opportunity for adults to grow as servant-leaders. There are many ways you can participate and help:

1) Pray.  Pray now that volunteers continue to come forward.  Pray for children to come.  Pray that we fulfill the opportunity to minister to the children.

2) Volunteer. Volunteer to help with creating decorations, providing supplies, preparing materials, taking photos, providing snacks/ snack ingredients, and of course, working with the children as a teacher or teacher’s helper.  There are many other ways not listed that you can volunteer.

3) Contribute.  Contribute with your prayers, your gifts, and your service.

Our VBS will be held on Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Mark your calendars.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in Hemphill and Sabine County but also for your grandchildren who may visit you.  Call your children and share the dates; plan for your grandkids to share in VBS.  Let the VBS Directors, Janette and George Young, know so volunteers can be positioned in the best place.  The Youngs also need to know tee-shirt sizes for those working for VBS.

The craft leaders have asked for the congregation to save empty paper towel and TP rolls for a craft item for each budding hero.  Be aware of coming dates for a Decorating Party (color and cut out pictures, etc), of any snacks to be provided, and be certain to invite any children in your neighborhood or kids you know.  There will be classes for kids who are three by June 1st through kids going into the 6th grade.  Older students are wanted / welcomed / needed as volunteer youth helpers all week.

Our overall theme for Hero Central VBS is Psalm 34:14b, “Do Good! Seek peace, and go after it!”  In short, VBS is an invaluable opportunity to reach beyond the walls of FUMC into the heart of the community.  Won’t you help us?  Commit and pray for a successful year at VBS this summer.


Children’s Handchimes

October 20, 2016

This Sunday begins a new opportunity for our kids! We will spend the first 15-20 minutes of the Sunday school hour learning about hand chimes. We will continue to learn how to play them during Sunday school so that in the near future we can include the children in worship and have them play during that time. This opportunity will give them a chance to learn a new skill, be exposed to music, offer them performance experience, and teach them team building skills as well as how to participate in worship. Please bring your children this Sunday to participate in this fun and exciting new ministry! Questions? Contact DeSay Judd at


                                         Adult Handchimes!

There have been many people who are excited for this opportunity, and we can’t wait to start! We will have our first meeting and rehearsal on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30pm – right after bible study. During this meeting we will get a chance to try out different hand chimes and learn about the basics of ringing. Please meet in the fellowship hall for about an hour rehearsal and informational meeting. If you are intrigued but have never had any musical experience before, we encourage you to come and try it out, get some information and have a great time! This is one musical experience you can participate in even if you don’t read music. If you are interested but can’t make the rehearsal please let DeSay know. If you have any questions please ask DeSay or email her at



Beautification Effort

August 22, 2016
Youth group has been active in church beautification effort.
This started with removing older hedges from the church.
Bob Byars brought his tractor and Shay Galloway and Anthony Hernandez
removed the old hedges and prepared the soil for Fall planting.
As it gets cooler they’ll replace with something more lovely.
(artist rendition appreciated!!)

UMArmy at work in Sabine County

July 15, 2016

The long-term vision of the U.M. Army is to see every youth and young adult

in the United States presented with the opportunity to experience U.M. ARMY.

Host church for Sabine County was First United Methodist Church of Hemphill.

Some of the materials needed were visible in the lay-down yard of the church’s parking lot.




U.M. ARMY youth and adults work together on small construction projects such as porches, stairs and handicap access ramps. Teams also do a variety of home maintenance such as handrails, yard work, painting, repair of leaky roofs, windows and doors.

Several teams are shown creating porches that were needed.

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United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth provides an opportunity for youth

and adults to experience Christian growth through service to others.


Participants combine their strengths and resources to meet home repair and maintenance needs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make needed repairs themselves.

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Because we view our hosts as partners in mission, our outreach is your outreach.

Communities are transformed as we work together.

Surf Shack worship presentation

June 19, 2016

vbs2016.worshipSome of the Surf Shack participants shared music, including the theme song, Shine Bright, during worship.

Surf Shack – VBS Day 5

June 17, 2016

God Sends


Breakfast on the Beach       John 21:1-17



The Pre K and Kindergarten surfers


1st and 2nd Grade surfers


3rd and 4th Grade surfers


5th and 6th Grade surfers


2016 Vacation Bible School Director, Mrs. Katherine,

You are appreciated for all your hard work and a successful VBS



We are grateful to the leaders of VBS Discovery time

Mrs. Carrie, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Barbara for the amazing science tricks




A special thanks to our puppeteer, Mrs. Janette and “Snappy”


WOW! how about all those fun crafts that these three ladies created for the Surfers

Mrs. Billie, Mrs. Margaret and Miss Jamie.

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Our Final Day with music

Surf Shack – VBS Day 4

June 16, 2016

God Calms


In the midst of activity, Mrs Gloria and Mrs Betty manage the Registration process with calm


Opening session with Mrs. DeSay, our music leader


The 3rd and 4th grade surfers listen and participate in Today’s Bible Story

Jesus Calms the Storm            Luke 8:22-25


Disciples (Ms. Lisa; Mrs. Peggy; Mrs. Carrie) and Jesus (Mr. George)


Mr. Arlie and Shay lead our recreation time


Pre-K & Kindergarten surfers enjoying snack time


Crafty 5th and 6th grade surfers


Reflection time with the 1st and 2nd grade surfers

Our VBS Mission for the Week

As disciples, we have an opportunity to help some children who don’t have the opportunity to eat tasty and healthy meals during the summer.  In VBS, the surfers are collecting nutritional snacks to make S.A.N.D. bags (Snack And Nutritional Delights).  These S.A.N.D. bags  will be distributed by the Rainbow Room and our local Salvation Army.  The goal for this week was 50 bags.  As of today, Thursday, we have collected enough nutritional delights for 50 S.A.N.D. bags  and many many more S.A.N.D. bags.


Surf Shack – VBS Day 3

June 15, 2016

Remember that the Lord is Great and Awesome!     Nehemiah 4:14b

God Loves!


Opening Assembly – Surfing!


1st and 2nd Grade Surfers – Bible Story Time


John the Baptist (r) baptizing Jesus (l) played by Marc & George


A big Thank You for all the great refreshments


3rd and 4th grade surfers in Crafts


5th and 6th grade surfers during Discovery


Pre-K and Kindergarten recapping the day’s activities during Reflection Time


VBS Surf Shack – Day Two

June 14, 2016

“God Helps”




1st and 2nd Grade surfers in Discovery with lots of bubbles


Pre-K and Kindergarten listening to the Bible story – Moses in the bulrushes


5th and 6th Grade surfers reflecting on today’s activities


1st and 2nd grade surfer Artists in Crafts


What a great looking group of Youth helpers!


A look at today’s Crafts


Getting ready for Surf Shack

June 7, 2016

Workday #1

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 001With a blank canvas to use for decorations, church members begin transforming areas of the church.

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 003The first creation is Snappy’s home while in Hemphill.

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 004Work crews begin to assemble.

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 007A palm tree begins to grow.

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 009Sea creatures are prepared.

2016-06-07 vbs.workday1.2016 006The first stage of the hallway transformation begins, all to welcome YOU to Surf Shack!

Join us Monday, June 13 to celebrate the awesomeness of God!