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Churches offer Summer VBS

Churches across the Santa Clarita Valley gear up for Vacation Bible School day camp events for kids

Posted: June 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Water games are one of the many activities children do at the Grace Baptist Summer Adventure program which welcomes more than 1,500 children every year.

 

This summer thousands of children will laugh, dance, throw water balloons, make crafts and sing, all while learning about God’s love for them.

Dozens of churches across the Santa Clarita Valley will host Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs to offer an outreach to children. Several offer programs just a bit different from the norm; all of them hope to share the love of Christ with kids.

The week long programs offer children of all ages an opportunity to hear about the Bible and Jesus, while learning other lessons ranging from uniqueness, acceptance, kindness and how to love each other.

God and green goo
Newhall Church of the Nazarene VBS is themed Weird Animals. The program allows children to focus on how God created each person and animal to be unique.

Children will explore six different habitats created by the VBS team. Habitats include the Arctic, a chilly environment complete with real ice, “Ice sculptures,” and special Arctic animals. The program gives children an opportunity to see how everyone is a little “weird.”

“We want kids to feel better about themselves and help with self image,” said Kathy Cannon, Pastor of Children’s Ministries.

The program runs July 14–18 from 5–8 p.m. VBS will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner, activities start at 5:30 p.m. The church asks for a donation of $25 to help cover the cost of dinner.
Nazarene decided to do an evening program to give children who attend traditional summer camps during the day an opportunity to attend VBS.

Children will be asked to give a special mission offering which will benefit the Heifer International animal project. Heifer provides animals to people around the world, teaching them animal husbandry and offering them a way to create a livelihood.

Each year, the boys and girls wager a friendly competition; who can raise more money. If the girls win, the youth pastor is “slimed” with a special green goo concoction. If the boys win, Cannon is slimed with 10 gallons of the glowing goop.

“We are all sort of weird,” said Cannon about the theme of the program. “We want them to know God made every single person unique and each one of us has a role to play in the world.”

For more info visit newnaz.org.

VBS for first timers
Bouquet Canyon Church is hosting their VBS program June 23–27 from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The program features fun water games, crafts and Bible stories.

Bouquet will also use the Weird Animals theme, featuring special activities each day, including crazy hair day and be your favorite animal day. More than 150 children from the community attend every year.

This year many first timers to the program have already signed up. The cost is $15 per person. A special closing barbecue is offered on the 27, so children can share the events of the week with parents.
For more information call (661) 296-2400.

Good safe fun
Grace Baptist Church hosts one of the largest VBS programs in the area, offering a free week long event to more than 1,500 children every year. This year, the church is hosting what they call a “Summer Adventure.”

The event is fashioned similarly to a traditional VBS program with Bible stories, group time, games, crafts and songs. This year the program focuses on helping children learn about what God is really like, by focusing on aspects of his character and what the Bible teaches.

“We want kids to have a good time at a safe place and understand what the Bible says about who God is and what he expects from us and how to have a relationship with Him,” said Mike Wilke, director of communications.

The 20 year program has hosted thousands of children with the help of hundreds of volunteers. The event runs June 23–27 from 9 a.m. to noon and is free of charge.

Visit gracebaptist.org/summeradventurevbs for more info.

Counting on God
North Oaks Church of Christ is hosting a Jungle Safari themed VBS program on their campus in Canyon Country.

Children are welcomed each day to play games, create crafts, sing songs, all while learning about Christ.

“We want children to know they can count on God everyday for anything, he is always with us,” said Cindy Davis, VBS director. “Sometimes kids can feel along, but we want to let them know God is there with them.”

The program is free of charge and open to children in preschool through sixth grade. It runs July 28 through August 1. The event will also feature Christian songs composed by Yancy.

Children participating in the VBS program will be encouraged to give a special offering which will benefit the Manuelito Children’s Home in Gallup, New Mexico, which offers assistance to children suffering in poverty. Last year the kids raised more than $3,000 for the mission.

The program serves more than 100 local children, many of whom are not members of the church. North Oaks insists on making the event free as an outreach to children in the community. Bolstered by donations from the congregation, the church has offered the program for more than 20 years.

“We are not just a group of folks who have church on Sunday,” said Davis. “We see kids and families in the neighborhood and we just want to reach out.”

For more information call (661) 252-2298.

 

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