Establishing a strong faith-based foundation for young children is what vacation Bible school is all about, and many area churches are hoping this year's programs are a big draw for youngsters.
"Vacation Bible school reaches children at a very young age and builds a strong foundation early in their life in the teachings of Jesus," said Valarie Wingate, a vacation Bible school coordinator at Harlem United Methodist Church. "It builds from the simplest concepts of the fruits of the spirit and the Golden Rule - it is simply an amazing experience to see God working in children."
Like Harlem's program, the Bible school program at First Baptist Church of Evans has a long history. Robin Payne, the coordinator of First Baptist's Bible school, said the church has a 76-year history of promoting the program.
"Some current members remember vacation Bible school at the church since the 1950s," she said. "First Baptist Church of Evans continues with the tradition of vacation Bible school because we believe it is still a wonderful way to reach out to the community and share the good news of Jesus Christ with children and their families."
Stepping into more modern approaches of reaching children is Mosaic United Methodist Church, which has what it calls Cowboy Church. According to Kathy Raley, Cowboy Church reaches out to those who might not otherwise attend the traditional vacation Bible school.
Regardless of the approach , the churches' goal is still the same: to spread the word of God.
"Our VBS is designed to reach all children in the community," Wingate said. "We have wide doors open for all who want to experience God and his son Jesus. We love teaching children and give the glory to God to allow us to do so."
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