Vacation Bible School Offered May Through July By Local Churches

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vacation Bible School Time is just around the corner, with various times beginning the last of May and continuing through July.  Many of the churches are using one of two new programs, with several selecting another. The listing comes from schedules already posted by churches, with many others sure to come.

Agecy 3D is one of the new programs.  What kid doesn’t want to be a special agent and use high-tech gadgets and tools to discover the truth?  While at Agency D3, kids can put their investigative skills to work as they collect and log evidence about the life of Jesus.

As special agents, they will examine eyewitness reports, physical proof, and biblical accounts to uncover and defend the truth about who Jesus really is.  Cadets, preschoolers ages 3 through 5, will attend D3 Academy for age-appropriate training. Special Agents, students in kindergarten through fifth grade, will be assigned to one of twelve different Agency field offices. Additionally, students currently in grades 6 through 8, are invited to join in for a Wild Week planned just for them.

The other new program, Weird Animals VBS, connects with children when they feel different by introducing them to wonderful animals around the world. When "weird" means special, unique, and one-of-a-kind, kids are reminded of Jesus’ special love for them – even when they feel different.

Initial listings are:

The Church of the Highlands, 6620 Hunter Road, Harrison, July 21-25, 9 a.m. - noon, ages completed 1st-5th grades. Contact Jonathan Tuley at jonathan@the or 423-493-4111.

Concord Baptist Church, 7025 East Brainerd Road, June 8-13, theme, Agency D-3.

Dallas Bay Baptist Church, 8405 Daisy Dallas Road, Preschool VBS for ages two and a half to Pre-K, June 9-13, 9 a.m. to noon, theme: Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-A-Kind. At the same time, DBBC University will be for ages K-5th grade with activities such as art, chemistry, cooking Karate, P.E., and wood working..

First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave., June 2-6, 9 a.m. to noon, theme: Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-A-Kind. Two groups: Preschool, ages 3 to 5 and Elementary, completed K-5th grade. Preregister by May 18 and get a free VBS shirt.

Grace Baptist Church, 7815 Shallowford Road, Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to know, love and live for God Almighty and to share His truth with the world.  Grab your gadgets and prepare for fun at the International Spy Academy, where you'll learn to become a special agent for the One True God. This is a top secret VBS program for agents-in-training for ages 2-12 June 16-20 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a closing program Sunday, June 22.  Adult VBS Bible study will be "Creation vs. Evolution" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m . Register ahead online.

Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Blvd., Agency D3, ages 3 through 5, June 22-26. Additionally, students currently in grades 6 through 8, are invited to join us for a Wild Week planned just for them.

Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road, Theme, Agency D3, July 13-17, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Signal Mountain Baptist Church, 939 Ridgeway Ave. June 2-6, 9 a.m. to noon, Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love in One-Of-A-Kind.

Woodland Park Baptist Church, 6735 Standifer Gap Road, Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love is One-Of-A-Kind. Begins Monday, July 7, 9 a.m. to noon.

St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1716 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain. Kick off the summer by enjoying 4 fun-filled evenings - connect with Jesus' life and God's Word through the great outdoors.  There will be activities for the whole family - including parents.  Each evening begin with a dinner together and then break off into individual groups where children and teens will enjoy songs, crafts and games while the adults will have an opportunity to socialize and discuss our Catholic faith.  Friday evening will end with a picnic and outdoor activities for all.

St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace.  Totus Tuus (Latin for "Totally Yours" and also known as Vacation Bible School), is scheduled for June 23-27. This "totally Catholic & totally fun" catechetical program begins with rising First Graders and continues all the way through High School.   Just Announced - Rising preschoolers (PK4) and kindergarteners are invited to a special "Saint Safari" Vacation Bible School June 23-27. This will be a half-day program to teach the children about saints through making crafts, playing games, and having fun.  Catholic Youth Camp (rising 9th – 12th graders) "Let’s Get Messy, Pope Francis" Diocesan Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) and Dare to Dream have combined and is now CYC.  Reach (for rising 7th & 8th graders) "Reach for Your Treasure". Discover (for rising 5th & 6th graders) "There is No Place Like God Camp!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., June 23-27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, "Workshop of Wonders", June 16-20.

Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road, Vacation Bible School, June 1-6, Evening: Sunday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Morning: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m, - noon., Weird Animals theme.  Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes. Kids will discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life –  God Sightings.  Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us in the "Tail End" Friends section each day/evening (30 minutes prior to dismissal) for a daily celebration of Jesus’ love.  Register your children for this adventure with the church.

Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, Weird Animals VBS- June 23-27, 9 a.m.- noon.

Jones Memorial United Methodist, 4131 Ringgold Road, July 20-24, theme, Jungle Safari, for 2 years through 12th grade.  Registration and pre-show dinner and fun and games at 5:45 p.m., VBS 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.  Register at

Red Bank United Methodist Church, 3800 Dayton Blvd., July 13-17, theme, Agency D3.

Tyner United Methodist Church, 6805 Standifer Gap Road, Mark your calendars for Friday, May 30th, and Saturday, May 31st. Time frames for each day are;  Friday, May 30, 5 - 6 p.m., Registration and Family Dinner, 6 - 8 p.m., VBS Program  Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. -3 p.m., VBS Program (lunch will be provided).  Parents, are welcome to stay and enjoy VBS with your kids OR take some time for yourself and refresh.  Hopes for doing a weekend VBS is that more people will have the opportunity to attend since they are not fighting work schedules, vacations, and bed times.  Early registration will be up and running soon.  If you know plan to attend, please take the time to sign up early. Please contact the church if you are interested in being a volunteer for this event.  They will be accepting ages 3 (as of 8/31/2013)-completed 5th grade.  For more information, see:

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 6314 East Brainerd Road, will join Brainerd United Methodist for Workshop of Wonders, June 16-20

Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd., Jo Fish, for completed K through completed 5th grade.  Monday through Thursday, June 9-12, 9 a.m. to noon. Register online.  Registration closes June 1.

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