Bible school choices galore in Craig

Craig residents have at least five choices this summer when it comes to vacation Bible school.

Brian Haynes, pastor of First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St., wants everyone to know that vacation Bible school is not just for children.

Monday marks the first day of a week of VBS night classes at First Baptist Church designed for all ages, he said.

"We want the whole family to be here learning the same thing and having a good time," Haynes said.

That's why the church decided to hold classes at night this year. The Alpha & Omega Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching about the Genesis creation story, will instruct different age groups through slide shows, videos and hands-on activities. The institute teachers will explain why they believe a day in Genesis refers to a 24-hour period of time.

Haynes said the First Baptist VBS differs from others in town by its focus on creation and the fact that families can all learn together. From 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Friday, Haynes invited families to enjoy dinner together before the classes begin.

First Christian Church also is providing a VBS for the whole family from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 through 29. Families with small children can bring them, as well, because child care will be provided.

First Christian's VBS features a special visit from Mark and Barbara Stringer, who are taking time from their missionary work in Colombia. Mark Stringer also will lead the worship service July 25.

Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., launches its VBS with a registration party from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday followed by classes Monday through June 11.

Unlike First Baptist VBS, Calvary Baptist's activities take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Next week's morning VBS revolves around a unique theme: "The Far-out Far East Rickshaw Rally: Racing to the Son."

Calvary Baptist's VBS focus on Japan is unique, as is the abundance of prizes the organizers have gathered to award children for participating and bringing guests.

Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts a VBS from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 through 25. It will offer free bus rides to and from the program, said Kelly Hill. Interested parents should call the church, 824-5424, to arrange a ride. Yampa Valley Baptist's theme for the week is the "Wonderful Word of God."

The special theme of St. Michael's Catholic Church's VBS is Lava, Lava Island, complete with tropical activities.

All five local VBS offer Bible study, games, snacks and crafts for children. Each program divides the children into different age groups ,and all the organizers said they enjoy and encourage children from outside of the various churches to participate.

"Obviously the goal is to share God's word with them. If some of them could come to know God as their savior, then that's wonderful," Hill said.

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