Summer is VBS time at churches throughout area
by Elsie Hodnett
Jun 14, 2012 | 1577 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the start of summer, many local churches are hosting Vacation Bible Schools.

“It’s important to have Vacation Bible School every year,” said Maria Parker, director of Vacation Bible School at Riverside Baptist Church.

Parker said Riverside Baptist Church held its VBS last week.

“We had a kick-off with different games, hamburgers and hotdogs and stuff like that,” she said. “Our theme this year was Amazing Places Around the World.”

Parker said VBS featured a crafts room with the VBS theme, music, snacks and much more.

“They learned about God’s power over nature, over sin, over death, over circumstances—how God works in our life.” she said. “It teaches about God and Jesus and how to be saved.”

Parker said what VBS teaches young children about Jesus is something they take with them throughout their lives.

“Some kids don’t have the opportunity to learn about Jesus outside of Vacation Bible School,” she said.

Parker said some people may not attend church regularly, but will send their children to VBS.

“Vacation Bible school is one of the ways to connect with the kids so they can learn about Jesus,” she said.

The Rev. Nancy Boorman, children’s minister at Pell City First United Methodist Church, said the church’s VBS is June 11-15.

“Our Vacation Bible School is free to all kids and open to the public,” she said. “It is open to children 4-years-old through sixth-grade. You can register on our website at www.pellcityfumc.org. VBS is on the front page.”

Boorman said children may register at any time for VBS, but earlier is preferable.

“Vacation Bible School for the younger children features story-telling, science, music, snacks, recreation, crafts and more,” she said. “The fifth- and sixth-grades do mission work locally and in Birmingham. They do volunteer work at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, the Christian Love Pantry, Urban Ministries in Birmingham and UMCOR in Birmingham, which is disaster relief.”

Boorman said the church is accepting donations of nonperishable food items for the Christian Love Pantry and also paintbrushes for Urban Ministries’ Paint the Inner City Project, which the fifth- and sixth-graders will help with. Donations may be sent with children attending VBS or dropped off at the church.

“VBS is an evangelism tool to reach children as Christ calls us to do in the scriptures,” she said. “We are just planting the seed that will hopefully grow.”

Boorman said the mission work the fifth- and sixth-grade students do allows them to take what they’ve learned and become the hands and feet of Christ in the community.

“We want them to understand what the Christian faith looks like in action,” she said.

For more information on the Pell City First United Methodist Church VBS, call 205-338-3374 or visit pellcityfumc.org.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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