Cullen McCoy enjoys an arts and crafts session during Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. “Kingdom Rock – Where Kids Stand Strong for God” also included Bible lessons,  music, a theater, games and lots of other fun activities. First Baptist Church also hosted Bible School earlier this month. This week, First Baptist is hosting  Bible School at the Boys and Girls Club this week.
Cullen McCoy enjoys an arts and crafts session during Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. “Kingdom Rock – Where Kids Stand Strong for God” also included Bible lessons, music, a theater, games and lots of other fun activities. First Baptist Church also hosted Bible School earlier this month. This week, First Baptist is hosting Bible School at the Boys and Girls Club this week.
Summer is here, people have started their vacations, and the Neshoba County Fair is just around the corner. But for local churches, summer means one thing, Vacation Bible School.

In the area, Bible School is a long-standing, summer tradition. Each year, churches choose fun and colorful themes so children of all ages can learn and grow through the simple message of "Jesus Saves."

Churches all over the county do Bible School in their own special way. Some churches elect to have it during the day, some at night. Some are week-long events, while others are only a couple of days. Regardless of the approach, churches have just one mission and that is to teach kids about that simple message.

First Baptist Church of Philadelphia held there Vacation Bible School on June 3-7. This year's VBS theme was "Colossal Coaster World-Facing Fear, Trusting God" based on 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (KJV)."

Besides rollercoaster-themed lessons, music, choreography and other activities, students learned this simple message of "Jesus Saves" through their ABC's: "Admit to God that you're a sinner," "Believe that Jesus is God's son," and "Confess your faith."

First Baptist Church averaged around 80-90 kids in enrollment. The church held its VBS program on Sunday, June 9 which showcased what the students have done over the past week.

Aaron Tucker, Minister of Students at FBC, expressed much enthusiasm about this year's VBS.

"We really enjoy and look forward to doing VBS every year," he said. "We enjoy teaching the kids. It's energetic. It's fun. It's Bible-based. Our VBS director Jennifer Prince does a great job directing our VBS program."

FBC is not finished with VBS for the summer as they are currently hosting a VBS for the Boys and Girls Club this week.

First United Methodist Church of Philadelphia hosted their Bible School on June 9-12. This year's VBS had a medieval theme entitled "Kingdom Rock-Where Kids Stand Strong for God." Through kings and castles and all the medieval fanfare, students learned to stand strong and know God by reading the Bible, knowing His love and praying.

Kids were asked to bring school supplies for God's Closet for this year's VBS mission project. On Wednesday, the fourth, fifth and sixth grade students delivered and sorted through the supplies at the mission. Located in the Valley View Shopping Center, God's Closet is a mission organization sponsored by FUMC which helps provide school supplies and school uniforms to students in the community.

First United Methodist Church had around 85 students in enrollment. Their VBS program was held on Wednesday, June 12.

Piper Fulton of Philadelphia commented on the church's Bible School.

"I love it," she said. "I love learning about God. Chaddar's Royal Theatre and the crafts are my favorite things to do."

Ethan Adkins does not attend FUMC, but volunteered his time to assist a friend and the church. "The atmosphere up here is just great," he said. " This is a great environment to learn about God and the kids just seem to love it."

Vacation Bible Schools are still scheduled at churches throughout the county. It is always a great time for students to learn and grow with adults, kids of various age groups, and most importantly, God, many said.