From the St. Petersburg (FL) Times. Pastor of the Port Richey church is Jim Poyner.
Vacation Bible School’s In
For many children in Pasco, summer opens the book on both fun and faith at local churches.
By MICHELLE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Published June 17, 2006
It wouldn’t be summer in Pasco’s faith community without vacation Bible school.
Children can attend vacation Bible school almost every week during their summer vacation.
Some were scheduled right after the school term finished. Others are scheduled throughout June and July. Some are held during the morning while most are scheduled during the evening after dinner. . .
. . . Faith Lutheran Church in New Port Richey just finished its weeklong school June 9. The theme was Treasure Cove, and about 60 children age 3 through sixth grade searched for treasure, heard Bible stories and did crafts as they learned about Jesus.
Another church using Fiesta as its theme is Gulfview Grace Brethren, 6639 Hammock Road in Port Richey, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 10-14.
“Fiesta will get the children fired up for Jesus,” said Tandy Poyner, director for the Gulfview Grace Brethren Vacation Bible School. “Every night we will have a different drama. My husband, Paul, does the drama, and he is hilarious.”
Another church, Joyful Spirit Lutheran, is sharing decorations with Gulfview.
“They had theirs already,” said Poyner. “They made a 22-foot-tall Mexican village we will be using.”
During this program children will make some of their own snacks, including rabbit cookies with apple slices for ears. And they will collect money to buy blankets for a village in Mexico as a mission project.
Poyner added that the whole idea of vacation Bible school is to have the children know with Jesus life can be better.