Faith in Focus

It’s time for Vacation Bible School!

June 10, 2014 

Little hands in the air, big smiles everywhere: Participants in Vacation Bible School at Wake Forest Baptist Church emjoy a group activity

COURTESY OF WAKE FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH

I have very fond memories of Vacation Bible School as a child. I remember heading out of the Raleigh heat and into the air conditioning to participate in songs, stories and crafts. It was a peaceful time full of positive energy.

The VBS tradition is alive and well at many churches in our area. Some of the formats have changed over the years to accommodate busier-than-ever family schedules and year-round school calendars, but Vacation Bible School is still a place for youngsters to cool off and learn more about their faith in a casual and fun environment.

Here is a sampling of VBS offerings in our area this summer.

Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Avenue, Wake Forest

When: June 18-21, Wednesday through Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at Noon, followed by lunch.

Who: Ages 3 (as of July 13, 2013) through 6th grade

Theme: “Jungle Safari”

Registration: Church website

St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh

When: June 23-27, 9:30- 11:30 a.m. daily

Who: Ages 2 (as of Oct. 15, 2013) through rising Kindergartners

Theme: “It’s in the Bag”

Registration: Church website, suggested donation of $25

North Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 11905 Strickland Road, Raleigh

When: June 20-22, Friday from 5:30-8:30p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Sunday from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Who: All ages

Theme: Wilderness Escape”

Benson Memorial United Methodist Church, 4706 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

When: June 23-27, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Who: Ages 3- Grade 5

Theme: Weird Animals, where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind.” VBS mission project is Diaper Train, which provides diapers, baby wipes and children’s books for needy families.

Registration: Courtney Babajitis ( cwebb@bensonmemorial.org)

Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh

When: June 15-19, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Who: 4 years old (as of Aug. 31, 2013) through middle school

Theme: “Wilderness Escape”

Registration : Form on the church website and an option to purchase dinner

before VBS for your family.

Friendship Baptist Church, 5510 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh.

When: June 16-20, 9 a.m – 12:45 p.m.

Theme: “Kingdom Chronicles, Staying Strong in the Battle for the Truth”

Registration: Church website

Crabtree Valley Baptist Church, 4408 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh

When: July 14-17, 9 a.m. – Noon

Theme: “Discovering God’s Creation”

Registration: Church website

Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bay Leaf Church Road, Raleigh

When: June 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Who: Children 4 years and older (as of June 23)

Theme: “Discover, Decide, Defend”

Registration: Church website

Tabernacle Baptist Church, 8304 Leesville Road, Raleigh

When: June 8-12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Who: Children 4 years and older (as of Aug. 31, 2013)

Theme: “God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars”

Registration: 919-781-4600

Additional faith events this week include:

View and Do

Edenton Street United Methodist Church is hosting a “ View and Do” session on Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 in Kerr Hall at the church. In this series participants will view a documentary and then engage in a faith-based discussion about the issue. This week’s documentary is “58: The Film” and it will be followed by a panel-led discussion on global poverty.

Fish fry fundraiser

Loaves and Fishes Ministry Fundraiser: Friday, June 13. Fish Fry and Bake Sale 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fish Fry, Bake Sale, and Beach Bingo 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Eat in or carry out. Fish plates - $8 (includes fish, boiled potatoes, coleslaw rolls) Fish sandwich - $3. Loaves and Fishes is located in Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church,1950 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC. Proceeds from the Fish Fry, Bake Sale and Bingo Fundraiser will benefit Loaves and Fishes Ministry, Inc. For more information email admin@lafchildren.org

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus. Contact her via email at carla.turchetti.writer @gmail.com.

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