First Baptist providing unique VBS program
The members of the First Baptist Church of Highland, 2709 Poplar St., are excited to offer a unique vacation Bible school program this year to all children, ages 3 years old through fifth grade. Entitled “Little People, BIG IMPACT,” the program focuses on how people of all ages — including the littlest of us — can have an enormous impact upon families, communities, churches, and all who need to hear God’s message of love, peace, and forgiveness.
VBS runs 6 to 8:15 p.m., nightly, from June 12-16. Friday evening, parents are invited to join in for a recap of the week’s activities, and for an outdoor cookout, with food supplied by the ABMen and the members of the First Baptist congregation.
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Through Bible story time, crafts, and outdoor activities, children will learn to look with new eyes at the time-honored stories of Moses and his sister Miriam, David and Goliath, young Jesus in the Temple, and Zacchaeus and Jesus. They will also participate in hands-on ways to make an impact for God on their families, their churches, and their community.
The church has chosen Relevant Pregnancy Options Center — a Highland, Christian-based organization that places the sanctity of life high on their list of priorities — as the recipient of a free-will offering that will be taken each evening. Monies raised will help the RPOC purchase items the newborn babies and their parents need, like formula, diapers, clothing, car seats, and other essentials. So, if you or your child would like to participate, just send a few coins or a bit more with them each evening for this cause.
To enroll your child VBS, call the church at 618-654-4145 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and register over the phone. Or come to the church a bit early on opening night, June 12, or any night of VBS week and sign up at the door.
St. Paul to host youth choir
A ministry of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, Encounter will perform “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” by Bradley Knight at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25.
Encounter is made up of 85 high school students from six area schools representing nearly 30 area churches.
The Encounter performance is open to the public with a free-will offering taken up during the show; otherwise, there is no charge to attend. For more information, visit www.encounteryouthchoir.org or follow the group on Facebook.
Lutheran church to host VBS, summer camps
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 112 N. Border St. in Troy, has set dates for its VBS and summer camps.
On June 12-15 from 9 a.m. to noon, the church will hold vacation Bible school. The VBS theme is “A Mighty Fortress.” For registration, visit the vbsmate.com/stpaultroy.
June 20-22, basketball camp is open to students in grades K-2 from 6 to 7 p.m., and students in grades 3-7 from 7:15 to 8:30pm.
July 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon, STEM Science Camp is open to students in grades 6-9; Volleyball Camp will be the evenings on July 10-14 from 6 to 7 p.m. for students in grades 2-5, and 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. for students in grades 6-8.
Nominal fees will apply for sports and science camps. For more information and registration, call 618-667-6314 or visit the saintpaulstroy.org.
UMC to host Music Drama Camp, VBS
Music and Drama Camp will be held June 12-15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road in Troy. This camp is for children who are currently in first through fifth grade. During the week, children learn Christian principles through singing, acting in skits, and fellowship. Students sixth grade and above are also invited to be camp helpers for the week. The week ends with a performance of all the children have learned. All are welcome. The cost for the week is $35. Register online at troyumc.org/summer, or in the Troy UMC office.
“Hero Central” will be the theme of this year’s vacation Bible school at Troy UMC, which will run July 17-21 each day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. VBS is for all kids 4-years-old to fifth grade. Register online at: 2017.cokesburyvbs.com/tumc2017 or in the church office. If you have any questions, contact Natalie Carlson 618-667-6241.
Friedens UCC sets VBS dates
Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center St. in Troy, will have vacation Bible school June 19-23 for children 3 years old to sixth grade. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. for all VBS children and their families VBS runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cost to register for VBS, but space is limited register. Register online at friedensucc-troy.org. Call the office 618-667-6535 for more information.