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Churches prepare for upcoming vacation Bible school
Weeklong events usually begin in June
Vacation Bible school for youths at Bethany Baptist Church.

Some vacation Bible school options:

First Baptist Church of Gainesville: “Maker Fun Factory”

When: 9 a.m. to noon June 12-16

Where: First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville

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First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville: “Maker Fun Factory”

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 19-23

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, 800 S. Enota Ave. SE, Gainesville

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Gainesville First United Methodist Church: “Maker Fun Factory” for fifth grade and younger

When: 9 a.m. to noon June 5-9

Where: Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

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Gainesville First United Methodist Church: VBXtreme for Rising 6th and 7th Graders

When: 9 a.m. to noon June 5-9

Where: Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

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Grace Episcopal Church: “Family VBS: World Peace Village”

When: 5:30-8 p.m, June 19-22

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville

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St. Michael Catholic Church

When: 9 a.m. to noon June 19-23

Where: St. Michael Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Circle, Gainesville

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Lakewood Baptist Church: “Galactic Starveyors: Discovering the God of the Universe!”

When: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. June 12-16

Where: Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

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Barbecues, baseball and beach visits are staple of the summer season. Area churches are no different.

Their main staple is a weeklong event dedicated to teaching children about Jesus and God in a creative way — it’s vacation Bible school.

Many vacation Bible schools will be held throughout the month of June, with some even sharing the same theme.

But Grace Episcopal Church is changing that up a bit this year. Instead of reaching out to children, the church’s vacation Bible school will focus on the whole family.

Titled “World Peace Village,” Grace Episcopal’s VBS will be an “intergenerational evening event for the whole family,” according to its website.

“It will be for families, not just children,” said Cheryl Kelley, director of Christian formation at Grace Episcopal. “We were interested in bringing our community together more by inviting all generations to come and be together.”

VBS will be from 5:30-8 p.m. June 19-22 at the corner of Washington Street and Boulevard in downtown Gainesville.

The website says attendees will “explore a different religion each evening.”

“It will be an opportunity to learn about other religious traditions from our neighbors around us to encourage interfaith dialogue and promote peace,” Kelley said. “We will have a registration link on our website.”

But for Hall County residents looking for traditional vacation Bible schools for children, they will have a plethora of options from which to choose.

One choice is First Baptist Church of Gainesville with its theme “Maker Fun Factory” this year.

Kara Wheeler, associate pastor for children and families at First Baptist, said the tagline for the curriculum is “Created by God, built for a purpose.”

“We’re excited that the children will discover that God is the ultimate maker and creator and gives us all creativity and we all have purpose in the world,” she said.

Wheeler said the the VBS will be “hands-on” and “creative.” The goal is to “help the kids discover that God created them and that they are creative people as a result and can use their creativity to serve God,” she said

For more information about the vacation Bible schools throughout Gainesville, contact the churches directly.

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