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Valley Center churches get ready for summer Vacation Bible School programs



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June 19, 2013
When you're a kid, summer is all about having fun, making friends and avoiding the word "school" like that old pair of socks at the bottom of your gym locker.

But even though Vacation Bible School has the word school right there in the title, the weeklong VBS programs here in Valley Center are ready to become one of the highlights of your child's summer break.

Six churches in the area are offering VBS programs throughout the summer with a variety of programs designed to help children learn basic Bible lessons while playing games, making arts and crafts, and making new friends.

From June 24–28, both Valley Baptist Church and Light of the Valley Lutheran Church will host their VBS programs. Then from July 8–12, St. Stephen Catholic Church will host its VBS, followed by the July 15–19 programs at both Ridgeview Church and Valley Center Community Church. The final VBS program of the summer takes place July 22–26 at Pauma Valley Church.

Valley Baptist Church's program this summer is Colossal Coaster World, a twisting, turning ride that promises to help children in "Facing Fears & Trusting God." The key scripture verse for the week is 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment."

"It's going to be an exciting time of learning to trust God," says Anna Hanson, one of the coordinators for VBC's VBS. "Friday we will be having a special carnival day with lots of extra games, a jumpy house and a free T-shirt to take home for all the kids. We hope the kids come away knowing they can trust God and that he is bigger than their fears. We feel that VBS is a great time for kids to learn about God and his love for them in a way that is fun and exciting."

VBC's program runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Information and registration for Colossal Coaster World is available online at www.vcbaptist.org/VBS-Registration.htm/

Light of the Valley Lutheran has a ride of its own planned, as kids take part in the SonWest Round-Up, a wild-west themed adventure that highlights the unchangeable nature of Jesus.

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LOV Lutheran is rounding up kids to "Saddle up your horses and get on over to SonWest Round up to discover God's ultimate plan of salvation in Jesus through the Old Testament stories of Moses!" as they also take part in games, skits, western music sing-alongs, engaging bible stories, giddy-up crafts and delicious grub all while traveling through a colorful old town where all the excitement of the Wild West awaits.

They will be having two special days: Tuesday, the kids will dress up as little buckaroos and cowgirls and enjoy a ride on a pony or petting a horse and Friday, they will have a visit from Mc Gruff the dog and the sheriff who will talk about what it means to obey the law. Also on Friday, LOV Lutheran will have a boot-scootin' closing program along with a wrangler BBQ starting at 11:30 am. So come on! Rustle up your kids and head on over to SonWest Roundup for a rootin' tootin' good ol' time!

"We offer a small, energized VBS where kids will learn amazing stories that point them to Jesus in a Wild West theme, along with special visits from the community that only a small VBS can offer," says Debbie Martineau, one of the VBS coordinators. "LOV's mission statement is 'CALLING people to Christ, GROWING people's faith through Christ and SENDING people to proclaim Christ.' Providing a VBS gives kids an opportunity to learn all about their loving Savior, Jesus Christ and in return show love to others every day."

The LOV VBS program runs from 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. each day. To register, visit LOVlutheran.com or contact Debbie Martineau at 760-310-5644.

St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church will take kids on an adventure to DiscipleLand, where they will learn about the Seven Sacraments from the saints.

The program is designed to immerse the children in the fun and excitement of the theme through catchy songs, games, interactive drama, crafts, snacks and more.

"We want this to be the best VBS ever," says VBS coordinator Erica Tobin. "This is a great opportunity for our children to learn about God, have fun with other kids and experience our great Catholic community."

The St. Stephen VBS is designed for kids ages 3–12 and runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. To sign up, or to volunteer to help, contact Erica Tobin by phone at 760-715-6010 or by e-mail at etobin@colfs.org.

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Valley Center Community Church has a VBS trip planned to take kids back to the medieval age, where they will encounter heroic knights and fair maidens as they learn about the battle between two kingdoms and how God's Spiritual Armor can protect His children in their quest for truth.

As the children are immersed in the music, games, crafts, and stories of this week, they will be encouraged and challenged to not only grasp the truth, but learn how to protect it and fight for it.

"Hands down, I believe this is going to be one of our greatest VBS experiences to date," says Pastor Tony Suitor.

VCCC's VBS program runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. For more information, visit the Web site at www.vccc.org/#/kids/vbs/

At Ridgeview Church, attendees will embark on an epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong and learn that God's victorious power isn't a fairy tale—it changes kids forever.

The program is designed so that kids learn simple Bible truths one day at a time. From Day One when they learn that "God's love helps us stand strong" through the story of David writing the Psalms to Day Five when they will learn that "The Bible helps us stand strong" through the story of young King Josiah, who followed God's way when no one else wanted him to.

Each day, kids move through activity stations with their Kingdom Crews (small groups of up to five

kids and one teenage or adult leader). Every station is intentionally-designed to reinforce the daily Bible

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Point in a hands-on, interactive way that even keeps fifth-grade boys engaged!

Ridgeview's VBS runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day and is designed for kids in pre-kindergarten up to fifth grade. To find out more, to register or to sign up to be a leader, visit the Web site at www.ridgeviewchurch.org/

Pauma Valley Church will also round up the young 'uns for a wild west adventure with SonWest Round-Up.

As kids learn about Moses and God's ultimate plan, power, rescue, provision and love, they will also have fun with the mascot, Ruby the macaw parrot, who will dance as they sing the catchy songs. The kids will also learn Bible truths through fun skits, games, snacks, outdoor recreation and a special Water Day!

"We're hoping that parents will encourage their children to do something besides play video games this summer!" says Jeannie Beard, one of the PVC VBS organizers. "Attending more than one VBS session wouldn't be a bad thing. We anticipate that each VBSer will look back on each day as offering opportunities to learn and experience God's truth, and do something new and fun in a safe environment. Many children in our community experience chaos, instability, loneliness, lack of purpose or boredom. We have an energetic team that is well prepared to greet each youngster with genuine care and share with them the truth of the Bible in such a way that children who have never attended church as well as those who participate regularly will be challenged, encouraged, and made to feel welcome."

Those attending PVC's VBS this summer are asked to pre-register by calling the church office at 760-742-3551, and also reserve a T-shirt and bandana for your child. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

PVC is located on Community Church Drive off of Highway 76, just behind the Pauma Valley Post Office. There is no charge, and you can let the church know if your child needs transportation.

If your church is also putting on a VBS program this summer and has not been included in this list, please contact us at sports@valleycenter.com to have your information included in a future issue.

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