Summer is a great time to encourage our children to grow closer to God.

Below are some activities available during the summer. All events are open to the community. We welcome guests and encourage children to bring a friend.

Vacation Bible School | July 30 – August 1, 2017

Vacation Bible School is a joint effort by Bethel Lutheran Church and Atonement Lutheran Church for in late July and early August, offering a fun, faith-filled opportunity for both children AND adults. VBS will take place form 6 – 8 pm, and the cost is FREE! There are fun, faith nurturing lessons and activities offered – all are age appropriate.

Students: Preschool through those that have completed 5th grade

Group Leaders: 6th – 12th grade students

Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend! 

We can’t pull off VBS without your help! Please consider donating your time, snacks or craft supplies.

Family Camp

Come and enjoy the outdoors in God’s Creation this Summer.  Younger children enjoy outside adventure, crafts and more. Older children will enjoy archery, field games, fishing, hayrides and Zip-line.

June 30 – July 2 “Intro to Family Camp” at Pine Lake. Especially for Children ages 7 and under. Hosted by Dave Dringenburg. Estimated cost: $375* for a family of four.
July 27-30 A four-day weekend opportunity at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center, especially for families with children 5 and older. Hosted by Katy Klinnert. Estimated cost: $350* for a family of four.

*Costs depend on family size.

Both camps are about two hours from Atonement. Email Dave ( or Katy ( to register or with questions.

Summer Kids BLAST

NEW THIS SUMMER! Summer Kids BLAST is for ages 3-7 and will be held during 9:30 worship. Children will have a 20 minute Bible lesson followed by playtime on the playground. Continues through September 3.

Summer Reading Challenge

Take the challenge to read 15 bible stories (or view them for FREE on “Bible for Kids” App) and win prizes!

  • Register by writing your name on a farmer cut-out and pinning it to the Family and Children’s Ministries Bulletin Board.
  • Read 15 Bible stories or chapters of your choosing or have them read to you or view them on the “Bible for Kids” App.
  • For every 5 stories you win a prize from the Information Desk in the Education Wing.
    • 5 Stories = Pick a prize from Box #1
    • 10 Stories = Pick a prize Box #2
    • 15 Stories = Pick a prize #3

Open to all children including friends and grandchildren. Children may read or have stories read to them.  This is an opportunity over summer vacation from May as Sunday School concludes for the school year.

Extra Challenge! Memorize this verse: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Travel Bags for Vacations

We offer Travel Bags filled with DVDs, CD stories, games, devotions, travel journal, and a puppet—all carefully selected to help the family grow closer to God in a fun way. There is NO charge to use the travel bag and they can be checked out from the educational wing at Atonement.