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Compassion Camp VBS 2023

Compassion Camp “What Every Living Thing Needs” will be held Mon-Thursday, August 14-17th, from 5:00-7:30 pm for kids entering kindergarten-6th grades. Click on the “Register” button above to go to registration.

There is no cost for this program. VBS includes dinner each night, a T-Shirt (if registered by August 3) and lots of fun activities! We will enjoy music, creating and playing, moving with yoga, games, and learning about ways to show compassion in action. Through Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs, participants will explore what all living things need to live—shelter, food, water, air, and community—and how they can have compassion for the living earth, especially in their local ecosystems. Through awareness, gratitude, wonderment, reciprocity, and kinship, participants will consider how to become co-sustainers and participants in the work of God’s creation. Using Psalm 104 as their grounding text, along with additional supporting scripture, participants will closely examine the interconnectedness of the whole earth—humans alongside the more-than-human world. We will dig deep into Psalm 104 and other scriptures that help us explore how every living thing needs Shelter, Food, Air, Community and Water, and how God’s compassion for us can inspire our compassion for the rest of God’s creation.


  • 5:00-5:20 Dinner, Story and Music
  • 5:30-7:25 Activity Station fun!
  • 7:25-7:30 Closing and Parent Pick Up.

Families are invited to join  us at 7pm on Thursday evening when the kids will share some music they have learned, followed by a short message.

You can check out the music lyric videos here: illstrtdm.in/EveryLivingThingLyricVideos We will choose two songs to work on at VBS but they are all catchy and great to share with your family and enjoy all summer long! Have a favorite? Contact Lynnette and share!

You can support Compassion Camp by sharing it with your friends, buying an adult-sized Compassion Camp Co-Conspirator T-shirt (available soon), or by making a donation with “VBS 2023” noted on the payment. Older kids and adults can register to be helpers or you can get more information by contacting Lynnette at kidsandfamilies@htumc.org.)