By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer
From bees to heroes and from Egypt to Saddle Ridge Ranch, Vacation Bible School opportunities with a variety of themes abound in Portales this summer.
Churches around town are hosting the free sessions, some of which involve the whole family.
Calvary Baptist Church secretary Vicky Wood said her church’s weekday morning Vacation Bible School aims to let children have fun and enlighten them about Christ’s message.
Bible school takes at least three months of planning, ordering supplies and recruiting volunteers to teach, work in the kitchen and lead recreation, she said. The effort is worth it to let children know that “there is hope and they can have a life of victory and joy through Jesus Christ.”
First Baptist Church holds a Sunday evening Vacation Bible School in City Park, and Children’s Ministry Director Melissa Lamb said parents can go through activities with their children or just stay and talk.
“It’s a great opportunity for families to learn about God’s word together and enjoy an evening in the park,” she said.
At First United Methodist Church, Vacation Bible School involves a simulated market and about 60 adult volunteers, said coordinator JoBeth Massey.
“And sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s having more fun, the adults or the kids,” she said.
Massey said the church has been hosting for at least the 25 years she’s been a member.
Faith Triumphant Church is hosting a Bible school that involves the whole family, plus a separate set of children’s worship services with such characters as Florence the alligator and Lucy the cow. Pastor Todd Terry said such activities are good for children because they’re so impressionable and many people begin their Christian life as children.
“And that’s why we like to have those — to let people get to know a loving God and his goodness,” he said.