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VBS unites youth, adults
In the pulpit
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Even during summer months, some children still are having fun at school.
Throughout the area, students — as well as adults — are enjoying vacation Bible school at their churches and other churches.
While vacation Bible school still is primarily for children, some churches also have adult sessions. Adults at churches that do not have adult lessons are teaching classes, preparing meals, assisting with arts and crafts and helping to keep the children orderly.
Vacation Bible school lessons and activities normally are centered on a themed curriculum from the church’s respective denominations or independent publishing houses. The information contained in the VBS kits provides for easy preparation and include marketing tools.
Themes change from year to year and often reflect societal trends with a biblical twist, such as Faithbook instead of Facebook. Some of the popular themes for 2013 include Hip Hop Hope, Hay Day Farm, Investigation Destination, Kingdom Rock and Colossal Coastal World.
Many local churches schedule VBS during June. Last week, First Baptist Church of Hinesville had VBS starting with dinner at 5 p.m. Classes for children 4 years old through fifth grade were conducted from 6–8:30 p.m. The theme was Gold Rush—Discovering the Rock of Ages.
First Baptist Church of Ludowici will have VBS from 6–8:30 p.m. June 16-20 with the theme Colossal Coastal World. The classes are for babies through adults.
Midway United Methodist Church has VBS is scheduled for from 5:30–8:30 p.m. June 23–27. The classes are for pre-K through fifth grade. The theme is Everywhere Fun Fair.  
Hinesville United Methodist Church will have VBS from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. June 24–28 for ages 4 through fifth grade. The 2013 theme is Kingdom Rock—Where Kids Stand Strong for God. Registration for VBS is ongoing at Hinesville United Methodist, and you are invited to register your children.  
In the spirit of unity, some churches come together and have one large VBS. They combined their resources, such as members, facilities, monies, materials and time. As part of the VBS fellowship, the location of VBS rotates from church to church within these groups.
So many years after being started, vacation Bible school continues to be a much-anticipated event in local churches. It is a great evangelistic tool in reaching the unchurched and leading them to Christ. It gives churches the chance to promote the Great Commission of winning souls to Christ, found in Matthew 28:19-20.

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