There will be lots of free fun for children at vacation Bible schools this summer. Some churches are offering programs for teens and adults as well.
• Spring Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2300 Osowaw Blvd., will offer its program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 to 18. "Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace" will be for children ages 5 through 14.
"The children will enjoy it, because it is Bible-based," said Frances Jones, vacation Bible school director.
Food will be provided.
Call (352) 688-7578 or (352) 686-1143.
• "SeaQuest: Diving for God's Treasure," is the theme for the program being offered to children age 3 to sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 14 to 18 at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd.
"We offer a safe and loving environment where your child can have fun learning about God," said Pastor Doug Shelton, the VBS director.
Call (352) 683-5685 or register at 9 a.m. on the first day.
• Participants will saddle up and hit the trail at "Saddle Ridge Ranch," the theme being used by Northcliffe Baptist Church for its program for children age 3 to fifth grade from 8:45 a.m. until noon June 21 to 25.
"Your child will be rounding up some of life's biggest questions and driving home answers straight from God himself," said director Jerri Trammel. "We have an awesome volunteer staff ready to lead your child through music, crafts, recreation, missions and Bible study."
Preregistration is recommended at northcliffeonline.org. The church is at 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5882.
• Children can also saddle up for the "Saddle Ridge Ranch" program being offered from 9 a.m. until noon June 21 to 25 for children age 4 through fifth grade at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
There will be games, crafts, Bible verses and study, snacks and singing. More than 100 staff members will supervise and direct children to the various activities.
"VBS changes lives," said director Lea Anna Blair. "As a teacher, as a director, and as a church, we take VBS seriously, because it has proven to successfully introduce families in our community to Jesus Christ. We are here to round up questions and drive home answers."
Call (352) 796-4969, stop by the church or visit fepcb.org/Vacation_Bible_School/ to register.
• Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will offer Bible school to children ages 3 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 to 25.
The theme is "Baobab Blast: Faith and Relationships Grow Together With Others." There will be crafts, games, snacks and a water day on Friday. Call (352) 597-1456.
• Children ages 4 to 12 will "visit Egypt" as they learn about "Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 21 to 25 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
"They will visit shops in Egypt to do crafts and visit Joseph in prison and at the palace," said Patricia Keister, of the church.
Snacks will be provided.
Preregistration is recommended by calling (352) 683-2082 or (352) 686-5087.
• First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave., will also use the "Saddle Ridge Ranch" program for children who have finished kindergarten through fifth grade. The school will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 to 25.
"Our theme verse this year is from James 1:5, which says, 'If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him,' " said Kay Seale, co-director with Alice LaPlaca.
Registration begins Monday. Call (352) 796-6791.
• Spring Hill Bible Church, 15449 Spring Hill Drive, will offer "SonQuest Rainforest: Parables of Jesus" to children in K4 through sixth grade from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 21 to 25.
"Vacation Bible school is a great time for kids to learn more about Jesus Christ in a fun and active environment," said Mark George, assistant pastor. "Games, activities, songs, crafts, snacks and a Bible lesson all combine with the same theme each night. A special Store Center will be open at the end of each night for all who participate by attending, bringing friends, memorizing Bible verses and displaying good behavior."
Children will have the opportunity to give money to support a missionary.
A new feature of the school is a program specifically designed for youth from grades 7 to 12 called "TruthQuest." Each night, the teens will compete in games and will have a Bible challenge.
Call (352) 544-5644 or visit springhillbible.org.
• Another church using the "Saddle Ridge Ranch" program is Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 28 to July 2.
Call (352) 686-6020.
• New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14236 County Line Road, Hudson, is offering "Vacation Bible School 2010 Praise Party" for all ages, including adults, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 12 to 15.
There will be Bible lessons, dancing, songs and food.
"Vacation Bible school is for everyone," said Deborah Chesteen, coordinator for the program. "Similar to other vacations, VBS is an opportunity for everyone to revitalize their relationship with Christ. More importantly, it is a chance to share the good news of Jesus Christ."
Call (727) 856-8336.
• "High Seas Expedition" is the theme for the program being offered for children ages 4 to 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 19 to 23 at Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive.
"Kids can expect music, games, snacks, crafts and fun — all revolving around the adventure we are on with Christ," said a publicity release issued by co-directors Katie Haynes and Summer Howlett.
Call (352) 682-0587 to preregister, or register at 6 p.m. on the first day.