Vacation Bible school programs being offered by local churches this summer will offer children opportunities to travel through time and to unique destinations.
Whether exploring outer space or beneath the sea, visiting a rainforest or the Wild West or bundling up for a mission in the Arctic, children will find new ways to learn about the Bible. Some will go back to the time of knights and kings. Directors have promised a fun and safe week for children.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer "Galactic Starveyors" free for children age 3 through fifth grade (completed) from 8:45 a.m. to noon June 5 to 9.
"The children that come to our program will receive a copy of the music, a free 'Galactic Starveyors' T-shirt, and will enjoy exciting and fun rotations between crafts, snacks, missions and recreation throughout the week," Erin Mello said.
Register by June 1 at kideventpro.lifeway.com/mychurch/?id37724 or at the church. For information, call (352) 683-5882.
First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will offer "Maker Fun Factory" free for children ages 5 to 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. June 5 to 9. There will be Bible lessons, crafts, games and snacks. Register from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays by calling (352) 683-2863 or on the first day of the program.
Brooksville First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., will offer "Maker Fun Factory" for children in first through fifth grades (preschool spaces are being accepted on a waiting list) from 9 a.m. to noon June 5 to 9. There will be games, music and snacks. A donation of $20 is requested, but scholarships are available by calling (352) 796-3363, ext. 202.
Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., will offer "Over the Moat: Drawbridge to the King" free for children age 3 through seventh grade from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 12 to 16. Register at springhillbc.com. For information call (352) 683-5685.
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Avenue, Brooksville, is offering "Galactic Starveyors" free for children in kindergarten through fofth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 12 to 16. Children will "search the visible to discover the invisible."
"We aim to make it a super exciting week for all of our little space cadets," Sharon Halliday said.
The deadline to register is May 31 at faithepc.net. Call (352) 796-4969.
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 13171 Tara St., Spring Hill, will offer its free program of games, puppets, skits, Bible lessons and snacks (with consideration to food allergies) for children ages 5 to 12 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. June 13 to 16. Call (352) 515-0949.
Calvary Chapel Hernando, 5155 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will offer "Submerged" free for children in pre-K through eighth grade from 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 to 23.
"Every night we will 'dive' into God's word," Mary Moses said. "There will be music and motions, Bible study, missions, games, movies and a worship rally. Dinner will be served to the children every evening."
Register by June 18 at the church or at cchernando.org. Call (352) 650-8455.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will offer "SonQuest Rainforest" free for children age 3 (toilet trained) through sixth grade (completed) from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 26 to 30. There will be Bible stories and lessons about God's work, crafts, skits, games, music, a water slide, snacks and free lunch.
"Our VBS is a 'can't miss' experience where children are explorers who will enter a world of amazing animals, fabulous fish and intelligent insects who live in the rainforest," Donna Olsen said.
To register, call (352) 597-1456.
Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer "Mighty Fortress" free for children ages 4 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 to 14. There will be songs, crazy crafts, snacks and games. Children will learn what Christ has done for them. Register at forestoakslutheran.com or on the church Facebook page or at the church. Call (352) 683-9731.
Spring Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2300 Osowaw Blvd., will offer "Cactusville: Where Kids are Called to Follow Jesus" free for children ages 5 to 14 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 10 to 14. There will be arts and crafts, games, videos and snacks.
"Everything will be Bible-based with no emphasis on church doctrine," Joseph Jones said.
Register by July 3 at (352) 688-7578.
Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will offer "Operation Arctic: Exploring the Coolest Book on the Planet" for children age 4 through fifth grade (completed) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 16 to 20. The cost is $8. Register by June 30 at fellowshipspringhill.org. For information, call (352) 686-4612.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will offer "Maker Fun Factory" free for children age 4 through fifth grade from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 24 to 28. There will be an opening each morning with games, a character of the day and singing. Children will divide into age groups for story time, music, crafts and snacks.
"This is a children's hands-on fun week, learning about Jesus in a child's way," said Pat Wolfarth.
Register at fumcsh.org/VacationBibleSchool. Call (352) 683-2600.