Vacation Bible Schools abound in Williamsburg this summer
Looking for an inexpensive, fun activity for school age kids this summer? Parents can check out a variety of Vacation Bible Schools offered at several churches throughout greater Williamsburg.
VBS can provide parents with an inexpensive and fun way to engage their youngsters in a positive, safe environment. Themes for the programs run the gamut from adventure to music. Kids can meet new friends, participate in crafts and learn Biblical lessons. Some programs are held during the day, others in the evening.
Church membership isn’t usually a requirement. Cindy Shiver, communications chair at James River Baptist Church said many families who aren’t members send their kids to their program.
“Our goal is to reach out to people who aren’t members,” Shiver said in an interview Friday. “It is a very positive thing, and it helps us to reach out to some of the families who haven’t found a church home yet. If a child comes out with a positive experience about VBS, it says something about the church.”
Shiver said that annually 75-100 kids participate.
Here is a list of some of the area churches offering Vacation Bible School this summer.
Zion Baptist Church, Lightfoot—”Keeping Your Space Clean and Green.” 6-8 p.m. June 24-27. 565-2598.
James River Baptist Church, Centerville Road. “Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend.” 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27, children ages 4-6th grade. www.jamesriverbaptist.org to register. Paper registrations are available at the church office, or call 258-0303.
Jamestown Presbyterian Church, Ironbound Road. “Weird Animals,” 9 a.m.-noon, July 28–Aug 1.Children ages 3-through middle school. Pre-register by obtaining a form from the church office or by calling 229-5445 or www.jamestownpresbyterianchurch.com
Living Word Church of God, Norge Community Hall, Richmond Road. “Arrow Island: Choosing God’s Way.” 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 23-27. Transportation is available by calling 508-5885.
King of Glory Lutheran, Longhill Road. “Workshop of Wonders,” 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.,July 14-18. Children ages 3 years (and potty trained) up to rising 8th graders. E-mail: vbs@kogva.org to register or for more information.
Bruton Parish, Hickory Neck, St. Martins — combined VBS. “Welcome, Give & Receive God's Great Love.” The program will be held at Bruton Parish Church 9 a.m.-noon, Aug 4-8 for children 3-years-old through 5th grade. www.brutonparish.org to download registration form, due by Monday, July 20.
Williamsburg Christian Church— “Big God Story”, held in the Powhatan Secondary Clubhouse located at 201 Charter House Lane 6-8:30 p.m., June 29-July 3. www.williamsburgchristianchurch.org.
Williamsburg Community Chapel— John Tyler Highway (Route 5) ‘Weird Animals,” 9 a.m.-noon, July 21-25 for kids rising K-fifth grade. http://wcchapel.org/event/2014-07-21-vacation-bible-school-2014 for information or to register.
Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Jamestown Road, “SonTreasure Island,” 9 a.m.-noon. July 21-25. Children must be 4 by Sept. 30. 220-5900 or register at whbconline.org.
Williamsburg United Methodist, Jamestown Road, “Weird Animals,” 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27. Age 3 (potty trained) through rising 6th. www.williamsburgumc.org
Wellspring United Methodist, Longhill Road “Rock With Jesus, Music and Worship Arts Camp Suit Up in God's Armor” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 24-28. Visit www.wellspringmethodist.org.
St. Olaf, Norge “The Beatitudes,” July 14-16. Visit www.stolaf.cc or 564-3819.
Smith Memorial Baptist Church, Lightfoot “SonTreasure Island” 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27. For kids age 4 as of January 1, 2014 through completed 5th grade. www.smithmemorial.org.