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Community VBS FAQs

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This year’s Community VBS is similar... and different.

How so?

Here are some things for you to know as parents, participants, and volunteers:

New Location


We’re meeting at Holloway High School.

This is very close to both Bradley Academy and Patterson Park Community Center.

What’s the theme?

Our theme this year is “Building God’s Kingdom.” The theme will take us through God’s standards for how to live, how our sin undermines this, and how God extends his grace to us in Jesus Christ to be part of his Kingdom.
Lessons will be age-appropriate, interactive, and fun and will incorporate music, games, and other activities.

So What is Mess Fest?

On Friday, June 7, kids/teens will be able to engage in a series of field-day-style, messy games.
Prepare to get wet, messy, and have a lot of fun! (Pack a change of clothes and some towels)

How can I sign up to attend?

Please visit the Community VBS page. Scroll down and select the option to attend as either an adult or child/teen. Once you sign up, you will receive reminders and updates as the date draws closer. We want everyone to attend!

Who can attend?

Children who are potty trained and as young as three years old may attend. We will have classes for children, teenagers, and adults.

Can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! You can sign up to serve in many areas. We still need folks for serving food, as teaching assistants, and registration to name a few.
Please sign up soon so you can receive info and attend some of our all-volunteer meeting on May 30th and walkthrough on June 3.

The Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 4 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday, June 5 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM.
  • Thursday, June 6 @ Holloway, doors open at 5:45 PM. Dismissal begins at 8:00 PM. 
  • Friday, June 7 @ Patterson Park pavilion/field, Family Celebration & Mess Fest

Will there be food?

Yep! We will have meals each night, Tuesday through Friday.

What churches are sponsoring Community VBS?

We are part of 10 churches in and around downtown Murfreesboro. For a full list of churches see the Community VBS landing page here. We are very thankful and blessed our partnership together.
Ultimately, our goal is to share the love of Jesus and invite people in our community to follow him. We pray that lives are changed and we see people follow through in getting plugged into the life of our local churches. Thank you for helping us make this happen through your service and participation!
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City Church Summer Reading List *UPDATE*

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By: Whitney Nadeau

As school comes to an end and people begin to select their summer reading lists, take a look at the suggested reading below by the leadership of City Church.


We've added some titles to this list that might spur you on this summer. You'll likely recognize the themes present in these books as the ones we've been talking about and praying over this past year.

Summer 2019 Reading LisT

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The categories below are organized by City Church’s prayer points in 2018 and beyond.

As a church, we are praying to become sacrificially diverse (Rev. 7:9-10; Phil. 2:1-4) and theologically healthy (1 Tim. 4:16).

If you are interested in understanding what those prayers look like biblically or how we can begin to move in that direction, please select a few books below to read.  

Sacrificially Diverse

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda McNeil

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to be White by Daniel Hill

Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience by Carl Ellis Jr.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

Theologically Healthy

Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians by J.A. Medders and Brandon Smith

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words by Chris Bruno

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed by Michael Bird

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

As a church, we are also praying to intentionally multiply (Matt 28:18-20) and to do justice (Micah 6:8).

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