It has different names at different churches, but the traditional Vacation Bible School is still a vital part of kids’ summer break.

Several churches are combining forces to serve more children than an individual congregation could. There are daytime sessions and evening classes, so working parents can choose a VBS that fits the needs of their family. There are even end-of-summer VBS plans so when the children have run out of other things to do and the parents are at their wits’ end, there is relief in sight.

All VBS sessions listed here are free and open to the community. Some churches are still making plans for their VBS, and their information will be announced in the weekly church briefs as details become available. For detailed information, call the individual churches.

n First Baptist Church

It will be an “Arctic Edge Adventure” for kids attending Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church June 5-9. Sessions will be held from 8:45 a.m. until noon for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade of this school year. For information, call the church office at 580-252-5885. The church is at 901 W. Ash.

n First Methodist/First Christian/West Side Christian

First United Methodist Church, First Christian Church and West Side Christian will hold a joint Vacation Bible School from June 5-9, with the sessions being held at FUMC.

The children will meet from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day, with a program of song to close the event. Call 580-255-3353 or 255-6116 for information on enrollment.

The church is at 2300 Country Club Road.

n Elk Avenue Church of Christ

Elk Avenue Church of Christ will hold Summer Urban Youth and Family Camp from July 10-14, with family centered Bible instruction, singing and related activities for children of all ages.

Sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Activity Building. These will be informal sessions using resources, object lessons and interactive exercises designed for children’s spiritual training at home by parents.

Friday evening will be Family Fun Time. Free children’s Creation Books will be given away.

To register, call 580-252-3043. Robert C. Teague is minister of the church at 2113 Elk.

n New Hope Baptist West

New Hope Baptist Church West, 200 S. 42nd, will have a new take on VBS this year with Summer B.L.I.T.Z. (Bold Living In The Zone) for children who have completed grades one through six. Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, June 14 through July 12. Summer B.L.I.T.Z. is filled with Bible truths, Scripture memory, and fun.

Kids will run down “God’s Top 10 Plays for Life through the Ten Commandments” as they learn that bold living requires them not only to know God’s way, but to live it out by the choices they make.

Call the church office at 252-3899 for information.

n Parkview Baptist Church

At Parkview Baptist Church, VBS will run from July 10-14. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. each day for children ages 4 years old through sixth grade.

This year’s theme is “Arctic Edge.” The contact number is 255-5525. The church is across the street from Duncan High School.

n Immanuel Baptist Church

VBS at Immanuel Baptist Church will be June 19-23. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The theme is “Marketplace: The Bethlehem Experience.” Classes are available for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade.

Call Barb Spradlin at 255-0467 for information. The church is at 207 N. Second.

n Bethel Assembly of God

Bethel Assembly is wrapping up the summer with its free Mega Sports Camp from July 30-Aug. 2. The event will feature specialized training by “coaches” in softball, baseball, football, basketball, golf and cheerleading. Hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

A grand finale at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 will offer a variety of special events for the kids.

Pre-registration is at 6 p.m. July 30. The church is at 700 W. Plato Road. Call 255-2745 for information. A bus will be available to pick up participants.

n Stephens United Methodist Church/Saint Paul’s UMC

Stephens United Methodist Church and Saint Paul’s UMC are making plans to join forces for “Treasure Seekers” June 19-22. There will be classes for all ages, from kids entering kindergarten to adults. Mindy Borgstadt is the director.

A light meal will be served at 6 p.m. each day, and activities will conclude by 8 p.m. For information, call 255-2697 or 255-2538.

n First Presbyterian Church

It will be “Seaside with the Savior” June 9, 10 and 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 704 W. Ash. Hours are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, with lunch for all to follow Sunday’s session.

Children will follow Jesus through Bible people who have come alive to tell the stories of Peter’s call to be a disciple. Donna Fair is director.

Three classes are offered: one for kids going into prekindergarten or kindergarten; one for children entering first, second and third grades; and one for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

Parents and families are encouraged to participate during the entire Bible school with singing, Bible stories and helping with craft projects.

On Friday night, participants will dip into ice cream sundaes. Saturday lunch will be hot dogs.

Enrollment forms are available in the church office or by calling 255-5769. Children can be registered the first night.

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