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Vacation Bible school ready for Henry children
by Nneka Okona
June 13, 2013 01:49 PM | 3124 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Jody Ropson, co-director of Colossal Coaster World vacation Bible school at Oakland Baptist Church, which features a roller coaster display..
Staff / Katherine Frye
Jody Ropson, co-director of Colossal Coaster World vacation Bible school at Oakland Baptist Church, which features a roller coaster display..
Along with summer activities like swimming and playing at local parks, another activity for Henry County children is on the horizon — vacation Bible school.

Vacation Bible school, in its traditional sense, is often a time for children to learn Bible-based lessons in a church environment during the summer.

The structure of a vacation Bible school program may range from completing assignments in workbooks to hands-on activities and field trips.

Oakland Baptist Church, 1005 Highway 81 West in McDonough, one of the churches hosting a vacation Bible school, will put its own spin on the annual program.

With a program called Colossal Coaster World, Pastor Mike Smith said the fun is intended for all ages, from children through adults.

“The theme is an amusement park theme that deals with overcoming fears and placing our trust in God,” he said.

The program started on Monday and will conclude on Friday evening with Jim Chester, “an evangelillusionist, who uses magic tricks and illusion to tell the Gospel,” Smith said.

Each session of vacation Bible school will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

In Henry County, other churches have vacation Bible school programs upcoming, all with different themes and age groups welcome.


Presbyterian Church
McDonough Presbyterian Church will hold its annual vacation Bible school from June 24 to 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme for this year’s vacation Bible school is Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God. Children from 4 years old to fifth grade are invited to participate. All children should be registered by Monday. Registration forms are available in the church office or online. The church is at 427 McGarity Road in McDonough.
Information: (770) 957-9890 or

Community Bible Church
From July 8 to 12, Community Bible Church will host vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon. Each day, children will hear different stories, geared towards helping them to look at themselves in new and different ways. Prospective attendees should register at the church.
Community Bible Church is at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge.
Information: (770) 914-0808,

Bethel United Methodist Church
Bethel United will host its vacation Bible school with the theme of Everyday Fun Fair from July 15 to 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served each evening. The vacation Bible school is intended for children in kindergarten to fifth grade.
Bethel United Methodist Church is at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge.
Information: (770) 474-2570 or

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