By JAMES PHILLIPS
Daily Mountain Eagle
Churches across Walker County will be holding vacation bible schools in the coming weeks. Several of those kicked off Monday, including Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS at Jasper’s First Baptist Church.
Earnie Burfitt, JFBC associate pastor, said a total of 227 people attended Monday’s opening day.
“That is slightly ahead of last year’s first day, and that’s in spite of the heavy rain this morning,” Burfitt said.
The Amazing Wonders theme is based on Psalm 147:5, which speaks of God’s greatness. Burfitt said the VBS will also teach children about several natural wonders, including the Matterhorn, the Northern Lights and the Grand Canyon. Jasper’s First Baptist’s VBS is designed for 4-year-olds through children entering the sixth grade.
The bible school takes place through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
“We have kids from all over the area here today,” JFBC Senior Pastor Dennis Culbreth said. “There are kids here from many different churches and there are kids here who don’t go to church. We just want to invite everyone throughout the community to bring their children.”
Other vacation bible schools reported to the Daily Mountain Eagle include:
• AMAZING WONDERS VBS at Farmstead Baptist Church will be from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. now through Friday. Ages are 3 years through sixth grade. For more information, call 205-384-3501 or visit www.farmsteadbaptist.com.
• AMAZING WONDERS VBS at Parrish First Baptist Church will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. now through Friday.
• SONRISE NATIONAL PARK VBS at Saragossa Baptist Church will continue through Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 221-3825.
• COMMUNITY VBS hosted by St. James CME Church on Crutchfield Road will continue each night through Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Classes for all ages.
• VBS KICKOFF at Macedonia Baptist Church will be 2 p.m. Saturday.
• VBS at Blooming Grove Baptist Church will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be food, fun and games. For more information, call 205-387-8751.
• SONRISE NATIONAL PARK VBS, sponsored by Arley First and Meek Baptist Churches, will be June 10-15. Ages are kindergarten through ninth grade. Times will be Sunday at 4 p.m. with a kickoff and cook out, June 11 through 14 begins at 5:30 p.m. with a meal and Friday will be family night at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments following.
• Amazing Wonders VBS at Macedonia Baptist Church at Curry will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 11-15. Ages are kindergarten through 6th grade. If your child needs a ride, please call 205-221-2207.
• VBS at Harmony Baptist Church in Manchester will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15. For more information or to pre-register, contact Stephanie at 205-272-4029 or Kathy at 205-387-8018.
• DANIEL’S COURAGE IN CAPTIVITY VBS will be held at New Canaan Baptist Church June 17-21 from 6 to 8 p.m. each night. The VBS is for ages 3 through sixth grade. For more information, call the church at 205-387-8702.
• BUG ZONE VBS will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 24-28, at Central Baptist Church, located at 900 Airport Road South in Jasper.