Are you looking for an all-ages faith formation experience for your church?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many churches are still not going back to their regular programming any time soon.

  • Did you have to cancel your summer VBS program? Still not sure what digital programming will look like over the next year?
  • Not sure your regular curriculum & supplies can adapt well for virtual use?
  • Do you want to provide families with an "at-home" faith formation experience but don't have time to write your own?

I was never totally sold on the concept of VBS. I could not find a curriculum that I actually liked. So, the idea of teaching VBS online during a pandemic was not something that I was excited about. It seemed like a lot of effort for something that might not create much of an impact. But then I found Compassion Camp. The curriculum connected kids both to their faith, and to the reality of our world in an impactful way, and it was so much easier to put together than any other VBS curriculum I had ever seen.

Hope Bentley Hutchison
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Richfield United Methodist Church
Minneapolis, MN

Check out Illustrated Ministry's COMPASSION CAMP!

Click below to receive an infoguide and a complete sample of Session One. This will help answer any questions you have about the program and what it might look like to run it in your context.

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I love Compassion Camp SO much. Having a thoughtful, progressive curriculum convinced me to push through my own mental block and do an online VBS. We're using it for a program giving families an option to participate with an online community or do it at their own pace. It will span eight weeks, and it's inspired by the classic library summer reading program.

Risa Vargas
Director of Children and Family Ministries
First UMC Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach, CA

COMPASSION CAMP is centered on compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. Originally created as an at-home/virtual VBS program, many churches have found that the five sessions can be spread out over 5 weeks, 10 weeks (and even longer). Some churches are using Compassion Camp as the foundation for their church's online programming theme. Compassion Camp is geared toward K-5th graders, plus activities specifically for preschool-age children. However, in our experience of over 900 churches using it, we've heard that some people are even using it with their entire congregation! Highlights of the materials:

  • Digital & Downloadable files
  • Five sessions (have a "Camp Week" or use one session per week and spread the experience out over multiple months)
  • Ideas for sharing compassion in your community
  • 5 original songs (audio files + sheet music)
  • Inclusive language & theology
  • Communal art project with digital materials: create art together, while being apart
  • Flexible & Adaptable
  • Special activities for preschool-age children
  • Fresh and modern illustrations
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