Arapahoe churches set to hold Vacation Bible School in June, July

Two Arapahoe churches will continue their tradition of holding Vacation Bible School during the summer as the First United Methodist Church will host their event June 8-10 and Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their school July 22-26.

According to, the origins of Vacation Bible School can be traced to Hopedale, Illinois in 1864 when Sunday school teacher D.T. Miles began a daily Bible school to teach children during the summer because she felt time was limited in teaching the Bible to children. The first Bible school enrolled 40 students and lasted four weeks with a local school used for classes and a park for recess.

In 1898 Virginia Sinclair Hawes was the director of the children’s department at Epiphany Baptist Church in New York City, she bean and everyday Bible school for neighborhood children during the summer. Dr. Robert Boville of the Baptist Mission Society learned of Hawes program and recommended it to other Baptist churches and in 1922 he founded the World Association of Daily Vacation Bible Schools.

Today, one of the most common events in every community is Vacation Bible School when local churches host Bible school programs with various activities including Bible stories, crafts, snacks and recess.

The first Vacation Bible School of the summer is set at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe beginning on Friday, June 8th and concluding on Sunday, June 10. On Friday and Saturday, VBS will be held from 9:00 to noon with snacks provided. On Sunday, June 10, VBS will be held from 9:00 to noon with church service for everyone at 10:30 with will be the closing VBS program. The church will host a potluck lunch following the event with the public asked to bring a main dish and a side dish.

For the coolest weekend of summer, come to VBS! What an ‘ice’ way to spend the ultimate summer weekend! At Polar Blast, kids chill with new friends and warm up to Jesus- the coolest friend of all.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe will hold their annual VBS Sunday, July 22 through Thursday, July 26. The opening event will be held Sunday evening, the 22nd from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with an opening supper. Following the supper, a opening program will be held that will include crafts, music, games and Bible lessons set to end at 8:30. Parents are invited to stay and join the fun.

Vacation Bible Student will continue Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. under the theme “Splash Canyon.” God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride.

Life is full of thrills and spills; we may not know what’s around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon, kids discover that Jesus is by their side on life’s wild ride. God saves us through Jesus and gives us life and hope every day and forever.

If you would like a VBS t-shirt, please pre-register at Trinity’s office or you can register online at: Pre-register by June 15 to receive a free t-shirt at VBS.

Read the entire story in this week’s print edition of the Arapahoe Public Mirror

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