Churches kick off Summer Vacation Bible Schools

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Starting this week, churches across the area are being transformed into fishing boats, space stations, airplane hangars and tropical islands.

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McKenzie Weeks prays before eating her snack of "under the ocean" Rice Krispies and "sea water" lemonade during Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
McKenzie Weeks prays before eating her snack of "under the ocean" Rice Krispies and "sea water" lemonade during Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church.

It’s the beginning of the Vaca­tion Bible School season, in which churches hold themed weeklong outreach and education programs for children in their congregation and community.

Nationwide, Southern Baptist churches alone have more than 2.8 million youths in summer VBS programs, according to a 2009 count by LifeWay, the most recent year for which data is available.

FIRST BAPTIST, WASHINGTON, GA.: Amazing Wonders Aviation from Lifeway, 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8

FLEMING BAPTIST: Amazing Wonder Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8; ages 3 (potty trained) through sixth grade; (706) 798-3511, flemingbaptist.org

REDEEMER: Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity, 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8; for ages 4 through rising fifth-graders; redeemerevans.org

BETHEL AME: Fishing on a Mission with Jesus, 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 4-8

FIRST PROVIDENCE BAPTIST: Heaven’s Kitchen Vacation Bible School, 6 p.m. June 4-8, all ages; Summer Enrichment Program for ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-29, July 9-27; drop off as early as 6 a.m., pickup 3-6 p.m. daily; (803) 441-4092, (803) 279-8836, firstprovidence.org

GOSPEL WATER BRANCH BAPTIST: Bible Boot Camp, 6-8 p.m. June 4-8; (706) 860-7091

JERUSALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 6 p.m. June 4-8

MOUNT OLIVE AME: Adventures on Promise Island for young people, Encountering God’s Awesome Power for adults, 6-8 p.m. June 4-8; Bellesheba Dent (706) 554-3227

MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST: Operation Overboard, 6-8:30 p.m. June 4-8

NEW ZION HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 6 p.m. June 4-8

YOUNG MEMORIAL UMC: Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God, 6-8:30 p.m. June 4-8

ST. MARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Community Vacation Bible School – Heavenly Kitchen, 6:30-8 p.m. June 5-7; (803) 652-7746

SOUTH AUGUSTA CHURCH OF CHRIST: All Aboard the Kingdom Express, Staying on The Right Track in a Troubled World, 7 p.m. June 6-8

GREEN POND BAPTIST: Amazing Wonders Aviation, 6:15-9 p.m. June 10-13

MIMS GROVE BAPTIST: VBS 2012, 6 p.m. June 11; free, open to all ages; (803) 898-9507

GLENN HILLS BAPTIST: 9 a.m. to noon, June 11-13; ages 5-12; (706) 798-3382

GREEN BRANCH CHRISTIAN FAITH CENTER: 2012 Vacation Bible School, 6:30-8 p.m. June 11-13; free

GALILEE MISSIONARY BAPTIST, AUGUSTA: 5:30 p.m. June 11-14

ST. JOHN’S UMC: SKY’s the Limit: Everything Is Possible with God, 9 a.m. to noon June 11-15; rising 5K through sixth grade; (803) 648-6891

THE HILL BAPTIST: Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity, 5:30-8 p.m.
June 11-15

WILLIAMS MEMORIAL CME: No Friend Like Jesus: Get Connected, 5:30-8 p.m.
June 11-15; (706) 733-9430

THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR: Sonrise National Park Vacation Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m. June 11-15; free; (706)
863-1718, oursavior@knology.net

SHARON BAPTIST: For grades 4-12, 7-9 p.m. June 11-15; Jean Kelly (706) 541-1532

HISTORIC FIRST EBENEZER BAPTIST: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 11-30; registration is open through June 11

PARKWAY BAPTIST: Sonrise National Park, for Pre-K/kindergarten through eighth grade, 5:45-8:30 p.m. June 10-14, 6 p.m. June 15

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18-22; free; (706) 736-0061, asburychurch.net

DOYLE GROVE BAPTIST: 6-8 p.m. June 18-22

MOUNT TRANSFIGURATION BAPTIST: 2012 Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m.
June 18-22

RICHMOND HILL BAPTIST: 6-8 p.m.
June 18-22

LIBERTY UNITED METHODIST: Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God, 6-8:30 p.m. June 20-22, 9:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. June 23

SILVER RUN BAPTIST: Amazing Wonders Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23

TRINITY ON THE HILL UMC: Where Kids Get Down and Lift God High, 9 a.m. to noon July 16-20; $15; registration deadline is June 29; trinityonthehill.net

PINEY GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: 6 p.m. July 16-20


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