VBS FAQ

When is VBS?

Our 2018 VBS is Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Check-in and walk-up registration begins at 8:45 each morning.

Who may attend VBS?

VBS is for children from 3 years of age through completion of 8th grade.

Do you have to be a member of FBC JAX to attend VBS?

You do not need to be a member of FBC JAX to attend VBS. We welcome all children, 3 years of age through the completion of 8th grade, to attend VBS.

Where do I park?

Families with preschool age children may park in the Preschool Garage located on the corner of Laura and Ashley Streets (520 N. Laura Street). Access to all check-in locations is available on the 4th floor of the Preschool Garage.

All others may park in Garage 3 located on the corner of Beaver and Hogan Streets (710 North Hogan Street).

How much does it cost to attend VBS?

VBS is completely free of charge! However, we do offer an afternoon Worship Arts Camp the week of VBS for $135.

How do I register?

Pre-registration is available online before VBS . Walk-up registration for children accompanied by a parent or guardian is available each day of VBS beginning at 8:45 am, Monday, July 9. To save time the first morning you come to VBS, you may download and print a registration form to complete at home and bring with you.

I pre-registered my child online. Where do I go when we arrive at VBS?

Preschool Children (3 years through Completion of Kindergarten): Please proceed directly to your child’s classroom. You will receive your child(ren)’s classroom assignment(s) the week before VBS. - Preschool Building (P) classrooms may be accessed via the crosswalk on the 4th floor of the Preschool Garage. Administration Building (A) classrooms may be accessed directly from the 4th floor of the Preschool Garage.

Elementary Children (Completed 1st through 4th Grades) & Middle School Students (Completed 5th through 8th Grades): All children registered online will proceed to the 1st floor lobby of the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium and check-in at the appropriate table.

Is it possible for my child to be in the same classroom as our neighbor or family member?

We will always strive to accommodate special requests with our room assignments, however, due to the large number of children, please understand we may be unable to honor the request due to teacher/child ratios and/or developmental stages within the requested classroom.

What should the children wear to VBS?

Children should be dressed in comfortable clothing appropriate for both indoor and outdoor play. Tennis shoes are recommended for safety in play outdoors.

Do I need to bring my child’s birth certificate or any paperwork?

Parents do not need to bring a birth certificate. All of the necessary information is included on the registration form.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

Preschool Children (3 years through Completion of Kindergarten): Please communicate with the classroom teacher upon check-in regarding your need to pick up early. The teacher will let you know if your child will be on rotation during your estimated arrival time and will assist with making sure you are connected quickly for pick up. Should you need additional assistance in this process, please go to the Preschool Desk on the 2nd floor of the Preschool Building.

Elementary Children (Completed 1st through 4th Grades) & Middle School Students (Completed 5th through 8th Grades): Please communicate this information at the Guest Relations Desk in the 1st floor lobby of the Preschool Building. They will be able to provide the information on where your child will be on rotation during the time of early pick-up and direct you accordingly.

Is lunch provided during VBS? Do I need to bring a lunch?

Lunch is not provided during VBS. However, snacks are provided each morning.
Preschool Children (3 years through Completion of Kindergarten): A list of provided snacks will be posted outside the door of all Preschool Ministry Classrooms to assist in the identification of potential allergens in the classroom.
Elementary Children (Completed 1st through 4th Grades): All snacks served are peanut/nut free.

What do I need to do if my child has a severe allergy and requires an EPI pen be on his person?

Please note this special need on the registration form.
Preschool Children (3 years through Completion of Kindergarten): You will also need to inform our nurse. For assistance with EPI pens, and other special needs, please ask for our Preschool Ministry nurse at the Preschool Desk on the 2nd floor of the Preschool Building.
Elementary Children (Completed 1st through 4th Grades): Please notify the volunteers at the check-in table if any severe allergies require epi pen/medications. We will note this on a special wristband the student will wear at all times.

Will my older child be able to pick up a younger child at VBS?

All children must be picked up by authorized persons listed on registration form or via the matching of number tag/child bracelet. Preschoolers (3 years of age through completion of Kindergarten) will only be released to authorized adults. Preschoolers will not be released to minors for the safety and security of all.

Do you provide any childcare after VBS?

This year we are pleased to offer an optional afternoon Worship Arts Camp for Kindergarten-8th grade students. The cost is $135. You may sign up for this option during VBS registration.

Can I be in the classroom with my child?

We welcome our parents to bring their children to VBS. However, only adults with completed and cleared background screenings are eligible to serve with children in VBS classrooms.

Is my child required to purchase a VBS t-shirt and/or CD?

No. You may purchase a VBS t-shirt and/or music CD for your child if you desire. These are available in 1st floor lobby of the Preschool Building. On Family Night (Sunday), children will be singing songs learned at VBS (and available on the CD). They will also be encouraged to wear a VBS t-shirt or a designated color t-shirt to sing in the choir.

How do I contact the church in case of an emergency during VBS?

Please utilize the following contact numbers:
General Church Phone Number: 904.356.6077
Preschool Phone Number: 904.265.7279
Elementary Phone Number: 904.366.1268
Middle School Number: 904.366.1294