Vacation Bible schools in our region begin next week, with several churches offering fun and education for children on a variety of themes.
Kids ages 3 to 13 are invited to go "Fishin' on a Mission With Jesus" at Lamar United Methodist Church, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nonperishable food and paper towels will be collected for Sojourner Truth Ministries at Williamsport. Food suggestions are: spaghetti, rice, cereal, cans of string beans, non-dairy creamer, sugar, and salt and pepper in shakers for the tables. The items may be brought in any time during the week. For more information, call Paula at 367-9591.
ALSO NEXT WEEK
r Lock Haven First Church of Christ - "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity" for 3-year-olds through fifth-graders, 6-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, at the church at 330 N. Vesper St. Information: 748-3519.
r Faith Chapel United Methodist, Howard area - "Operation Overboard: Dare to go deep with God" for 3-year-olds through 12th-graders, 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, at the church on Hunter Run Road, off Route 150 near Bald Eagle State Park. Information: Joni, 814-625-9160.
r Swissdale United Methodist - "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God" for 3-year-olds through sixth graders, 6-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registration: 748-8150.
r Phelps Chapel United Methodist, Jersey Shore area - "Operation Overboard" for preschoolers to fifth-graders, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday at the church off the Pine Creek exit of Route 220. The first session begins at 6 p.m. and the last session features a program and cookout.
WEEK OF JUNE 18
r Big Woods Bible Church, Castanea - "SonSurf Beach Bash" for 4-year-olds through children who have just completed sixth grade, 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, June 18-22, at the church at 120 Logan Ave. Registration and information: www.bigwoods.org or 570-893-8274.
r Holy Spirit Parish - "Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a kid" for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders, St. Agnes Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, 4:45-8:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 18-22, with Mass and family picnic at 5 p.m. June 23. Kids will step back in time and participate in a Bible-times marketplace where they will make Bible-times crafts, witness demonstrations, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks and visit Jesus' mom, Mary. Each evening concludes at Celebration-a time of upbeat worship. For more information or to register, call Pat Cella, director of religious education, at 748-7303. All participants and helpers must pre-register. Registration forms are available in the vestibules of St. Agnes and Immaculate Conception churches and online at www.holyspiritlh.org.
r Summit Hill Wesleyan, Howard - "Roaring for Jesus" 7-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, at the church at 1700 Summit Hill Road, co-sponsored by Marsh Creek Brethren in Christ. Information and transportation arrangements: Arlene at 814-360-0603 or Bonnie at 962-2665.
r Howard Christian Church - "Sky: Everything is Possible With God" Monday through Friday, June 18-22.
r JUNE 24-28 - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran, Jersey Shore, 6-8 p.m. with registration the first day from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
r JUNE 25-29 "Be a Bible Bookworm" for ages 12 and under, Bible Mission Church, 649 E. Church St., Lock Haven, 6-8 p.m. Information: Pastor Nathan Purdy, 570-541-1603.
r JULY 8-12 - Castanea United Methodist.
JULY 9-13 - St. Mark Lutheran, Snydertown - Sacred Art Camp for pre-kindergartners through sixth-graders, 9 a.m.-noon. Kids from Trinity United Church of Christ at Hublersburg are especially invited. Registration deadline: July 4. Information: Pastor Ruth Kocha Jensen, email@example.com or 814-383-4882.
r JULY 16-20 -"Sky: Everything is Possible With God" for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders, St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Flemington, 6-8:15 p.m.
r JULY 23-27 -"Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity" 9 a.m.-noon, Trinity United Church of Christ, Hublersburg. Kids from St. Mark Lutheran at Snydertown are especially invited.
r JULY 23-26 -"Sky: Everything is Possible With God," Rote United Methodist, 6-8:30 p.m., co-sponsored by Salona United Methodist.
r JULY 30-AUG. 3 - "Mane Event" outdoors at Avis United Methodist, 6-8:30 p.m. Closing ceremonies during the 10:15 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 5.
r JULY 30-AUG. 3 - "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God" for kids age 4 and up, Covenant United Methodist, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, 9-11:30 a.m. Information: Patty Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 726-4969.
r AUG. 12-16 - "Adventures on Promise Island," Flemington First Church of Christ, 6:30-8:30 p.m.