As the summer months arrive, churches across Hernando County will be offering the opportunity for children to have a free week of fun while learning Bible lessons.
Six vacation Bible school programs give a variety of choices.
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A "visit" to New York City is possible through the "Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect."
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville, will offer this program to children age 4 through those that have completed Grade 5 from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 to 17.
"Every day, the children will be taking a trip through the city, doing crafts, having snacks and recreation and participating in Bible study and music," said Kristina Pfiffner, director of outreach. "Turn around every corner, and there will be something exciting for them to do."
Call (352) 796-4969.
According to Kay Seale of First Baptist Church of Brooksville, children who participate in the Big Apple program learn how to "step out in faith and connect with Jesus, sharing the message of Christ with their world."
First Baptist, at 420 Howell Ave., will offer the program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 to 23. It is open to children who have finished kindergarten through those who have finished Grade 5. Call (352) 796-6791 or register at the church beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 20.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer the program to children age 3 through Grade 5 from 8:45 a.m. to noon, June 20 to 24. Register online at northcliffeonline.org/VBS or call (352) 683-5882.
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Do you think your child would like to visit the place of Jesus' childhood?
"Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid" will allow children to see how Jesus lived as a child, meet his mother, Mary, wander through the marketplace, visit an oil shop and try their hand at woodworking and dyeing cloth.
Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will offer the program for the whole family from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 to 24. Call (352) 683-2863.
Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer the program to all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 26. Meals and snacks will be served. Call (352) 683-9731.
"We'll be checking out (Jesus') home and church … and looking for special ways in which God blesses us," said a news release from the church. The release called the program "a wonderful opportunity for children, parents, grandparents, families and singles to learn, sing, play and create together."
Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will offer the program to children ages 4 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27 to July 1. Youth ages 13 to 16 are welcome as group helpers. Family members are also invited. Call (352) 683-2082 or (352) 686-5087.
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In "PandaMania: Where God is Wild About You," children will see Psalm 139 come to life.
"We start with the Bible and build creative activities to help kids experience God's word and take it with them everywhere they go," says a website from the creators of the program.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will offer PandaMania to potty-trained children ages 3 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon July 11 to 15.
Pick up a registration form in the office or call to enroll at (352) 597-1456.
Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor, will offer the program to children ages 4 to 11 from 9 a.m. to noon July 18 to 22.
Call (352) 583-3770 or go online to groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/lifekidsrmcumc.
First United Methodist Church, 109 S. Broad St., Brooksville, will offer the program to children in K3 through fifth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 to July 1. Call (352) 796-3363.
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"Digging into God's Word" is the theme for the Beach Blast program being offered by Christ the King Full Gospel Worship Center, 5311 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The program uses Bible stories, music, puppet shows and crafts to do the digging and will run from 9 a.m. to noon July 11 to 15. Children ages 5 to 12 may be registered at the church office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Older siblings are welcome to be team assistants. Free extended child care in the afternoons is available to those who register before July 1.
From noon to 5 p.m. July 15, there will be a giant water slide, plus lunch and drinks provided for children. Call (352) 596-5366 or (352) 238-8354 or send questions to youth@christthekingfullgospelworshipcenter.
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"Rev It Up: Full Throttle for God" allows children to become part of a race car team, with an emphasis on becoming part of Jesus' team. Each team meets daily to get "refueled" with Bible exploration time, crafts, games and snacks.
Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, is offering the program to children ages 3 through Grade 6 from 9 a.m. to noon July 18 to 22. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 18. Call (352) 683-5686.
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For an adventure of discovery, "Amazon Expedition" will offer interactive games, contests and prizes.
Christian Life Assembly of God is offering the program as part of its Kid's Krusade at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 to 10.
"It will be quite an adventure of discovery," says a news release from the Rev. Al and Mary Gaither, children's pastors. "We will again be offering 100 backpacks with basic supplies. Also, we are working to make other resources available to families in need."
Preregistration for children ages 4 to 12 is available at the church on Aug. 3 to 5. The church is at 13065 Jacqueline Road, Spring Hill. Call (352) 597-1139.