Many Christian denominations establish a theme for summer programs, which most churches in the area will follow.
Pat Walker, assistant director of children ministries and enrichment at Hillside United Methodist Church, said vacation Bible school is intended to introduce children to God, and themes aid in the understanding and application of Bible stories.
“We will engross children in the culture of that time,” she said. “As they travel back to ancient times, they will see a marketplace set up like a village with bread, jewelry and iron makers who would have been part of biblical character’s times.”
Hillside’s vacation Bible school is open to children from pre-kindergarten to third grade and costs $20 per week. The program runs from June 9 to June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nighttime camp will run from June 22 to June 25 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
Last year, Hillside’s vacation Bible school attracted around 400 children.
The church will also have a five-week Bible camp, which will include more arts and crafts and other camp activities, and is open to nursery-age children to fifth-graders. It will be in session Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 17 to July 24. Each week will feature a new theme.
Timothy Lutheran Church will feature the theme “Weird Animals, where Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind.”
Lois Niss, chairman of the Board of Christian Education at Timothy Lutheran Church, said the church will also bring in special visitors from Happy Tails, a non-profit organization which provides therapy animals to people of all needs.
“The goal of VBS is to show God’s love, specifically to children,” she said. “Children and parents will interact with the animals as part of the program.”
Timothy Lutheran Church’s vacation Bible school will run from June 9 through June 13 for potty-trained 3-year-olds to children who have completed sixth grade. Children in seventh grade and up can come as helpers.
Niss said vacation Bible school is the church’s largest outreach effort, aside from food banks, with 75 percent of participants coming from the community.
Dianne Moore, church secretary of Hillcrest Baptist church in Acworth, said the HBC’s VBS typically educates around 200 children each year.
This year, the church plans to teach the Bible to young children through a detective theme.
“’Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend’ is based on 1 Peter 3:15 and will include a mix of music, crafting and Bible study taught to children,” she said. “Many Southern Baptist churches will use this theme.”
Additionally, Moore said children will bring an offering to donate to the church.
“This year, the funds will go toward playground equipment,” she said.
While registration is open online now, a block party will be on June 1 at 4:30 p.m. where parents can sign their children up.
Other vacation Bible schools will also be conducted in the area and include:
Allen Temple AME Church will have vacation Bible school beginning June 23 until June 27 from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Dinner will be served, which will cost $10 per family for the week or $5 per individual for the week. Allen Temple vacation Bible school is open for children ages 3 years up to adults. Registration can be found at allentempleame.org. The church is at 232 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. For more information, call (770) 926-6348.
Heritage Baptist Fellowship will partner with Waleska United Methodist Church in Waleska to have vacation Bible school “Workshop of Wonder.” The program will run from June 8 to 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Dinner will be provided. Vacation Bible school is open to children entering pre-school to those who have completed fifth grade. Waleska UMC is at 7340 Reinhardt College Parkway in Waleska. For more information, call (770) 479-4228.
Ball Ground First Baptist Church will host Lifeway’s Agency D3 vacation Bible school from June 15 to 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be served nightly. According to ballgroundfirstbaptist.communityspice.com, “kids of all ages will enjoy a week of fun as they examine eyewitness reports, physical proof and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about who Jesus really is.” The church is at 445 Old Canton Road in Ball Ground. For more information, call (770) 735-3374.
Antioch Christian Church will conduct vacation bible school for children 2 years of age to those who have completed fifth grade. The program will run from June 1 to June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Activities will include dinner, games, Bible study and jungle themed activities. Registration can be completed online at antiochcanton.org. The church is located at 3595 Sugar Pike Road in Canton. For more information, call (770) 475-9628.
Orange United Methodist Church will have vacation Bible school from June 16 through June 20 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. A closing celebration will occur on June 22 at 11 a.m. during the Sunday worship service. The church is at 220 Orange Church Circle in Canton. For more information, visit orangeumc.org or call (770) 886-9662.