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Vacation Bible Schools in the High Country

By Hailey Blevins

With June on its way, churches are readying themselves for this summer’s Vacation Bible Schools. These “schools” focus on making religion easy to understand and fun for kids, often introducing them to God for the first time. VBS is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet them people within the church too.

Children learn stories from the Bible that go along with the theme of the VBS. Churches usually hold week-long events with classes, crafts, games and snacks for kids of various ages. 

Check out these VBSs in the High Country for your kids this summer:

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Banner Elk
This summer, kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters with Jesus and discover the most amazing truth of all—Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing we can have life in his name. VBS is June 9-13, and dinner will be provided each night for kids and volunteers from 5-5:30 p.m. VBS will be for 3 year olds through current 5th graders nightly from 5:30-8 p.m. (SUNDAY MAY START EARLIER). Grab your camera—wild encounters are coming! Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure, with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots  of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get “In the Wild” at this summer’s Vacation Bible School. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church is located at Hwy 194 (past Dollar General). Register for VBS HERE. Call 828-898-4735 for more information.

Orion Baptist Church, Jefferson
The VBS theme at Orion Baptist Church this year is “In the Wild.” June 16-19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration and Fellowship are at 4 p.m. on June 16, followed by a cookout meal at 5:00. Monday-Wednesday, a meal will be provided from 5:30-6:30 with classes following from 6:30-8:30. All ages through adults are welcome!

Blowing Rock First Baptist Church
Join us for an awesome week of food, fun, crafts and Bible Study. This year our children are going to be “taking a step on the wild side” with “In the Wild” and it promises to be an entertaining and fun time. Our children’s vacation bible school is open to any child from pre-k to completed 5th grade. We will kick everything off on Monday night, June 17th with a meal at 5:30, airwalk games and registration followed by a full session from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The rest of the week, June 18-20, we will meet in the evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the students being split up into graded groups for crafts, recreation, Bible study, electives, snacks and our large group celebration worship time. We will offer a light free meal each night at 5:30. We are hoping for our largest group yet, so make sure to register and then invite all of your friends and neighbors.

We are limited in space for our preschool classes so we are only taking pre k children until the spots are full. To ensure their is a spot for your preschooler, please register in advance by filling in the form online.

Clark’s Creek Baptist Church, Banner Elk
Bring your kids on down for some good ole fashioned fun June 17-21 as we explore how the lord provided in the wild west and how we can take his love to new frontiers! Supper is served every night from 5:30-6:30, and classes are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will have outside games, awesome crafts, a bouncy house and/or slide and much more! Commencement will be Friday the 21st at 6:30 p.m. with a cookout! So come on down and join us cow folks on our adventure with Gods Love into the great wide somewhere! Visit our Facebook page for more information!

Laurel Springs Baptist Church, Deep Gap
Make your VBS the mane event! June 17-21, this epic African adventure engages the whole herd from 6-8:30 p.m. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. 3 year olds through rising 12th graders can participate in high energy games, experience wild Bible adventures, and meet other amazing kids as they have stampedes of fun! Register for VBS HERE.

Perkinsville Baptist Church, Boone
Camp WilaWit isn’t a VBS, but it is a fun event for kids to learn about walking in God’s love and walking in God’s truth. Don’t miss our new tracks this year: cheerleading, whiffle ball, drumming, games, crafts, construction, sewing, and painting. Ages 3 through 8th grade are welcome to attend. Camp WilaWit is June 17-21 from 5:30-8:15 p.m. Register HERE.

Boone United Methodist Church
This summer, Boone UMC offers your child an opportunity to take a safari deep into the African continent! Roar VBS will be hosted this summer from June 17 until June 21. At Roar, kids will discover that God is good even when life gets wild! Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games and make and devour yummy treats.

Then they will get to experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos that they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at this year’s VBS. Register for 2019 VBS at Boone UMC HERE.

ReGeneration Church, Deep Gap
Join ReGeneration Church partnering with De La Cruz Farms for a wild, rowdy and FARM-tastic VBS. Ages Pre-K to 5th grade. Friday June 21st from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Saturday June 22nd from 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hope to see y’all youngin’s there!!! You can register on ReGeneration Church Facebook page or HERE.

Poplar Grove Baptist Church, Boone
Mark your calendars for: Sunday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m. each evening with supper served each night. Children in Pre-k through current 5th graders are welcome to attend ROAR VBS to learn that Life is Wild, but God is Good.

Need a ride? Call 828-963-9390 and leave a message with your information.  Someone will call you back and schedule your pick up! Or send an email topoplargrovebaptistchurch@yahoo.com.

Cove Creek Baptist Church, Vilas
Learn about Athens and Paul’s dangerous journey to share the truth at this VBS from June 23-27. Ages K-12 are encouraged to attend nightly from 6-8:30 p.m. Supper will be served each night. Commencement will be Sunday, June 30 and transportation is available each night except June 23.

Rutherwood Baptist Church, Boone
Calling all Adventurers! Join us at Rutherwood Baptist Church on June 23-27, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:15 p.m., as we head In The Wild, and have amazing encounters with Jesus! Join us for this week of Food, Music, Games, and Bible Study. Classes available for PreK – 6th Grade! Family Celebration Night June 28th from 6-8 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Boone
Have you HERD? ROAR VBS is coming to Mt. Vernon Church June 24-27! We invite children who turn 4 by August 31, 2019 thru rising 6th graders to join us as together we trek across Africa discovering that Life is Wild but God is Good! It will be an adventure full of stories, music, games and friends. Be sure to mark your calendar for June 24-27 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. You can register online at www.mvbcb.org or stop by our office.

Bald Mountain Baptist Church, West Jefferson
Throw on your camera strap and buckle your seatbelt. “In the Wild” VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get “In the Wild” at this summer’s VBS June 24-28 from 6-8:30 p.m. Register for VBS HERE.

Willowdale Baptist Church

Life if Wild, God is Good! Join us Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 12 at 6:30 each evening at Willowdale Baptist Church to learn how good God is! There will be bible stories, crafts, snacks and games. We will meet different Bible Buddies during the week, including Mack, Hooper, Marge, Zion, Savanna and Jambo. All ages are welcome! Register HERE today.

Parkway School, Boone
Watauga Bible Adventure Week will be hosted by several churches in the High Country. It will be located at Parkway School. It is July 22-26th from 5-8pm. There will be games, food, crafts, music, bible study, and more! It is for children who are going into Kindergarten – 9th grade. Every child who is registered online by June 30th will be guaranteed a free t-shirt. You can find everything at wataugabibleadventure.com!
First Presbyterian Church, Boone
First Presbyterian Church Boone will have its annual Vacation Bible School Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The theme is “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth.” Participants will be asked to imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes – all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. They will learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! Come visit Athens and witness Paul inspiring kids through music, crafts, Bible stories, games and mission opportunities in order to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today.
Dinner will be served each night. Children should wear clothing that can get dirty.  

Know about another VBS this summer? Email us at info@highcountrypress.com with the information or a link!