Churches across Hernando County will host vacation Bible school programs for children throughout the summer, offering children opportunities to travel the world, meet Bible characters, become private investigators, visit an amusement park and explore a castle.
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church will kick off its free five-day program, "Real Super Heroes of the Old Testament," for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 17.
"This year, we are traveling back to Old Testament times and getting to know superheroes like David, Esther, Daniel, Miriam, Samson and Joseph," said Marilyn Clark, director of children's ministry.
There will be skits and stories along with crafts, games, puppets, lively music and snacks.
"We will make togas to wear, have a 'super splash' and get to know the greatest superhero of all, Jesus," Clark said.
Register by June 10 at faithepc.net. The church is at 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4969.
"Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God" is the theme of the program being offered from 8:45 to noon June 17 to 21 at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The free program is for children age 3 through those having completed fifth grade.
"The kids will enter the Main Gate for an opening rally, then proceed to Coaster Alley for Bible study, then to Tune Town for music, then to Adrenaline Zone," said Darlene Hurst, minister of children. "There will be snacks at the Cotton Candy Cafe and crafts at the Scissors and Stuff Emporium and missions at the Global Expo."
Preregister children online at northcliffe online.org or at the church. Call (352) 683-5882.
Also using the "Colossal Coaster World" theme is First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave. The free program will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 28 for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.
According to program director Alice La Placa, children will be challenged to tap into God's promises in order to give them courage to face their fears.
Register by calling (352) 796-6791 or at the church at 8:45 a.m. June 24.
Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., will host its free program, "Investigation Destination," for children age 3 through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 28.
"The children will be private investigators searching God's word for answers about Jesus Christ," said Pastor Chris Wheeler.
There will be singing, games, Bible stories, puppet and snacks.
Wheeler encourages preregistering at springhillbc.com. Call (352) 650-4331.
"Amazing Wonders Aviation," is the free program being offered from 6 to 9 p.m. June 24 to 28 at Calvary Chapel Hernando, 5155 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Children from kindergarten to sixth grade will experience games at the Grand Canyon, Bible studies at Victoria Falls, missions study under the Northern Lights, crafts at the Great Barrier Reef, music at the Matterhorn and meals at the Parícutin volcano. Nearly life-size aircraft, puppet shows and skits will be included in the adventures.
Call (352) 650-8455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
First United Methodist Church of Brooksville, 109 S Broad St., will offer its "Kingdom Rock" program to children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.
The program "delivers drama adventures, knightly games, royal music at the castle, courtly crafts and snacks in the King's Kitchen," children's minister Paula Whitaker said.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 1 to 5 and costs $15. Scholarships are available. Call to register at (352) 796-3363.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will host its "Everywhere Fun Fair" program for potty-trained children ages 3 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon July 15 to 19.
The free program "will have children discovering God's welcoming love as they learn to be a neighbor to the world," said office manager Darlene Gould.
Children will learn songs of praise and worship, make crafts, meet Bible characters and explore the everyday life of neighbors from Japan, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. Water Day will be July 19.
Register by calling (352) 597-1456.
First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will offer "Colossal Coaster World" to children ages 4 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. July 22 to 26.
Snacks or a light meal will be served; parents are welcome to stay.
"My hope for the week is to teach the children to trust God and face the fears of their everyday lives," said Nancy Boles, youth minister.
Call to register for the free program at (352) 683-2863.
"Rock the Kingdom" will be hosted by Spring Hill First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, to children age 4 to sixth grade from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 2.
Daily activities include contests, recreation, competitions, crafts, music classes, healthy snacks and Bible lessons.
There is no cost, but children must be registered at the church or by calling (352) 683-2600 to request an application.
Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., will offer its "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity" program to children age 4 through fifth grade from 6 to 9 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 3.
Children will visit marketplace shops, a palace playground and share in Daniel's Adventures and Tribe Time. Snacks each day will correlate with the lesson.
Register for the free program by calling (352) 799-3066.
Spring Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2300 Osowaw Blvd., will offer "Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God" to children ages 5 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to 9.
Activities use a castle theme and include singing, safe science experiments and multimedia entertainment.
Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5; scholarships are available.
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