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CMT Open House and VBS Fair

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Begin planning now for Vacation Bible School (VBS) by visiting next week’s fair at Key Hall on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary. The fair will culminate in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) Open House on March 1.

If you live in or near Alexandria, VA, you can visit during regular hours on February 21 and February 24–28 to preview VBS kits from publishers such as Group, Concordia, and LeaderResources. Along with 2014 resources are perennial materials that have stood the test of time. All churches are welcome to send teams to help plan for the coming summer. 

Under the leadership of Kellee Wattenbarger, a long-time faith formation leader in Virginia, Christian education professionals have carefully reviewed all the materials on display. The reviews will be available starting February 21 in Key Hall on campus and virtually here at Key Resources, where they can be downloaded for free.

Our special Saturday hours for the March 1 Open House will also happen partially online. If you’re coming in person, swing by anytime from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you’d like to join us online, we’ll offer a special tour via Adobe Connect starting at 10:30 a.m.

The virtual tour will have two components. Kyle Oliver, CMT digital missioner and learning lab coordinator, will take you on a tour of the CMT’s online offerings and other essential sites for finding faith formation resources online. In the second part of the tour, CMT program coordinator Dorothy Linthicum will talk about the top five VBS picks selected by CMT staff and our VBS reviewers. She will describe the programs, including music, theological underpinnings, and ease of use. 

To join us, visit Key Resources and follow the directions that will be posted on the homepage. 

Here’s the summary:

Key Hall open for VBS Fair

Friday, 2/21: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, 2/24: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/25: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/26: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, 2/27:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, 2/28:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

CMT Open House

Saturday, 3/1: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Online tour: 10:30 a.m.

We look forward to greeting you in person or online!!

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Dorothy Linthicum (@dslinthicum) is instructor and program coordinator at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.