Summer’s Not Over Yet With VBS still Going
BY LORETTA FULTON
School supplies may be dominating the display areas in stores, but that doesn’t mean summer is entirely over.
Vacation Bible School–a summertime standard–is still around. At least four churches have VBS scheduled before July ends. Two churches–First Central Presbyterian and Southern Hills Church of Christ–are staging one-day events, while South Pointe Church and First Christian Church are going the traditional route with several days of activities planned.
VBS will be held at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St., 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Grace Sosa, coordinator of children’s ministry, said that after a year of going virtual, she and the kids are ready for an old-fashioned VBS experience.
“After having a year of online Sunday school, an online Christmas pageant, and an online VBS, we are so glad to be back in person this summer,” she said.
Southern Hills Church of Christ is returning to its usual summer musical VBS experience, but with a different format. Instead of running three days, this year’s version will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the church, 3364 Buffalo Gap Road. Theme will be “Miracle Worker.”
A free chicken tender dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the VBS musical in the worship center and activities for families throughout the building.
The video follows several well-known characters from the Bible who had encounters with Jesus and imagines what happened to them in the five years that followed the encounters.
First Christian Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School at its new location, 5125 Antilley Road. VBS will be held 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday, July 26-29. The theme, “Adventurous Journey–Are We There Yet? was created by members of the church.
“Join us as we travel with the children of Israel,” a promotional piece says. “They escaped slavery and are on an Adventurous Journey to a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Activities will include music, Bible stories, games, crafts and snacks such as Red Sea Fish and Manna Popcorn. Thursday, the last day of VBS, will be special with sno cones and a water bounce house. Hot dogs will be served when parents pick up their children at noon.
Theme for the South Pointe VBS is “Concrete & Cranes.”
“Look up–way up. That’s where we’re headed!” a promotional piece says.
During the three-day event, children will learn about the foundation that lasts.
“As kids explore a world of concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes, they will learn to build their faith on Jesus as they uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion.”
SOUTHERN HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
3364 Buffalo Gap Road
Theme: “Miracle Worker,” a video musical
Date: 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 25
FIRST CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
400 Orange St.
Theme: “Anchored,” published by Group
Date: 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 31
SOUTH POINTE CHURCH
3050 Buffalo Gap Road
Theme: “Concrete & Cranes,” published by Lifeway
Date: 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 26-30
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
5125 Antilley Road
Theme: “Adventurous Journey”VBS
Date: 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday, July 26-29