By Elsie Monk
It is hard to believe Vacation Bible School has been around 125 years. That’s a lot of Kool-Aid and cookies served! Area churches are gearing up their VBS week for kids from wee little ones through 5th grade. Don’t you ever wonder how Vacation Bible School got started?
According to Wikipedia, Vacation Bible School can be traced back to Hopedale, Illinois in 1894. Sunday School teacher D. T. Miles started a daily Bible school to teach during the summer. In 1898 Virginia Sinclair Hawes at the Epiphany Baptist Church in NYC, started an “Everyday Bible School.” Then Dr. Robert Boville of the Baptist Mission Society, became aware of the Hawes’ summer program and recommended it to other Baptist churches. During one summer, 1,000 students were enrolled in five different schools. In 1922, he founded the World Association of Daily Vacation Bible School.
One year later, Standard Publishing produced the very first printed VBS curriculum for three age levels, (kindergarten, primary, and junior). Today, many churches run their own VBS programs and some churches opt to use themed curriculum programs.
Modern programs usually consist of a week-long program of religious education of Bible stories, singing, arts and crafts, skits, games, and refreshments.
Listed below are some area churches in the planning and preparing stages for their 2019 Vacation Bible Schools
• Antioch Baptist Church, May 29-31, 6 – 8:30 p.m., 706-474-5963.
• First United Methodist Church, July 8-12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 706-342-3325
• FUMC Pre-School VBS, 3 years old-PreK, June 10-13, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 706-342-3325
• Gibbs Memorial, June 2-6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., 706-319-9731
• Madison Baptist Church, June 3-7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 706-342-2177
• Madison Presbyterian Church, June 24-28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 706-342-2813
• New Hope Baptist Church, June 9-13, 6:30 – 9 p.m., 706-818-1109
• Redeemer Church, July 8-11, 9 – 11:30 a.m., 706-438-1251
• Rutledge Baptist Church, July 14-18, 6 – 8 p.m, (kick off July 13), 706-557-2214
• Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Saturday, June 15 only, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 706-342-3367
If you want to have a fun week and do something positive for our Morgan County children… be a volunteer.