With its games, songs, snacks, crafts and Bible stories, vacation Bible school is a hallmark of summer for many Kentucky kids.
In the Bluegrass, June is bursting with VBS sessions at local churches, but some stretch into July.
Popular themes this year include "Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid," which takes kids back in time to Christ's hometown; and the New York-focused "Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect."
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Listings for vacation Bible schools in Central Kentucky is based on information supplied by the deadline by churches and organizers. Some of the churches offer dinner before VBS, special transportation arrangements, and other activities during VBS week. Call the church for full details.
Anchor Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure Where Faith and Life Connect . 9 a.m-noon June 20-24. Age 4-completed fifth grade. 3601 Winthrop Dr. (859) 296-1214. www.anchorlexky.org.
Baptist Church at Andover. 6-9 p.m. July 10-15. 3330 Todds Rd. (859) 263-7652. Churchatandover.org.
Boone's Creek Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect. 9 a.m-noon July 11-15 for age 3-sixth grade. 6:30-9 p.m. July 11-15 for grades 7-12. Free. 187 N. Cleveland Rd. (859) 263-5466, www.boonescreekchurch.com.
Bread of Life Assembly of God. Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 20-22. Ages 3-12. Free. 1705 Jennifer Rd. (859) 294-5205, www.breadoflifelex.org.
Broadway Baptist Church, Big City, Bigger Fun! 6-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. Age 3-sixth grade. Free. 2500 Harrodsburg Rd. (859) 276-2592. www.broadwaybaptistchurch.org or email@example.com.
Broadway Christian Church. Camp Can-I-Go. June 13-17. Half-day (9-11:30 a.m.), age 2-entering fifth grade, free. Full day (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), elementary only, $25. 187 N. Broadway. (859) 252-5638. www.broadwaychristian.com.
■ Family Vacation Bible School. 6:30-8 p.m. June 29, July 27, Aug. 31. All ages. Free. 187 N. Broadway. (859) 252-5638. www.broadwaychristian.com.
Calvary Baptist Church. The Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect. 9 a.m.-noon. June 13-17. Age 3-fifth grade (as of October 2010). Free. 150 E. High St.. (859) 254-3491. Calvarybaptistchurch.com.
Centenary United Methodist Church. Shake It Up Café. 6-8:30 p.m. June 21-23; dinner 5:15 p.m. Families of all ages. Free. 2800 Tates Creek Rd. (859) 269-2800. www.centenarylex.com.
Crestwood Christian Church. PandaMania: Where God Is Wild About You. 5-7:30 p.m. June 27-30. Age 3-fifth grade. 1882 Bellefonte Dr. (859) 266-0459, www.crestwoodchristian.org. Doug Wilkinson, (859) 338-3622.
East End Church of Christ. The Minor Prophets. 7:30-8:30 p.m. June 6-10. Age 2-adult. Free. 3055 Old Todds Rd. (859) 263-2539. www.eastendcoc.org.
East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Go for It! 6-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. For kindergarten-adults. 146 Constitution St. (859) 254-0675 or www.eastsecondstreetcc.org.
Faith Lutheran Church. ReNew: The Green. 9 a.m.-noon. July 11-15. Age 3-fifth grade. Free; offering will be accepted to benefit Sustainable Communities Network of Lexington. 1000 Tates Creek Rd. Holly Shipley, (859) 266-7621.
First Alliance Church. WinShape Camp C3. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20-24. For grades 1-6. $179; scholarship assistance available. 2201 Old Higbee Mill Rd. WSC3lex.com, Facebook.com/wsc3lex. (859) 223-1394.
First Baptist Church Bracktown. Jesus to the Rescue. 5:30-8:15 p.m. June 13-17. Age 3-adults. 3016 Bracktown Rd. Nursery available. (859) 231-7042. www.bracktown.org.
Gardenside Christian Church. Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid. 6-8:30 p.m. June 12-16. Family Fun Night June 17. Age 4-entering fifth grade. Free. 940 Holly Springs Dr. www.gardensidecc.org to register or call (859) 278-3484, Ext. 30.
Glen Arvin Avenue Church of Christ. Believe It or Not, It's in the Bible. 6-8 p.m. June 20-24. All ages, including adults. Free. 427 Glen Arvin Ave. (859) 887-1676 or (859) 254-3630 for transportation.
Grace Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect. 6-8:30 p.m. June 13-17. For kindergarten-12th grade. Free. 811 Bryan Ave. For transportation, call (859) 252-1119. www.gbclexington.org.
Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. Jesus Truth Seekers. 6-8:30 p.m. June 20-23. All ages. 540 W. Maxwell St. (859) 254-7387. Transportation available.
Journey Baptist Fellowship. Three one-day events. 3450 Richmond Rd., No. 130. (859) 266-2601. www.journeylexington.com
■ Minute to Win It Family Game Night. 6 p.m. June 18. All ages, including parents.
■ Game Day. 1 p.m. July 9. For kindergarten-fifth grade.
■ Back to School Block Party. 4 p.m. Aug. 6. All ages; adults encouraged to attend.
Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church. Clean Water for All God's Children. 6-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. Age 4-fifth grade. 356 Hillsboro Ave. (859) 255-1273. MPClex.org
Old Paris Road Church of God. PandaMania: Where God Is Wild About You. June 19-23. For kindergarten-8th grade. 1859 Old Paris Rd. (859) 299-3694.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Big Jungle Adventure. 6-8 p.m. July 10-14. VBS kickoff, 5 p.m. July 10. For potty-trained preschooler-fourth grade. 2255 Eastland Pkwy. Free. (859) 299-9615. Vbs.orlutheran.com.
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Treasure Quest: Pursuing the Riches of Christ. 7-8:30 p.m. July 11-15. For nursery age-adult. 628 Wilderness Rd. (859) 327-0114 for bus ride or questions.
St. Luke United Methodist Church's Life Center. RevItUp! Full Throttle for God. 6-8 p.m. July 24-28. For preschool-fifth grade. Free. 2351 Alumni Dr. (859) 269-4687. www.stlukeumc.org.
Salvation Army. PandaMania: Where God Is Wild About You. 6-8 p.m. July 18-21. For grades 1-6. Free. 736 W. Main St. Free. (859) 252-7706, Ext. 114.
Shiloh Baptist Church. Jesus Truth Seekers. 6-8 p.m. June 20-24; dinner served each day at 5 p.m. All ages. Free. 237 E. Fifth St. (859) 252-5315.
Southern Hills United Methodist Church. Shake It Up Café . 5:30-8 p.m. June 12-16. Age 3-fifth grade. Free. 2356 Harrodsburg Rd. (859) 277-6176, Ext. 25. www.southernhillsumc.org.
Tates Creek Christian Church. Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12-17. Age 3-fifth grade. 3150 Tates Creek Rd. www.uptownkids.net, (859) 266-1621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity Baptist Church. New York, New York. 7-9 p.m. July 25-29. Party 6 p.m. July 31. All ages. Free. 1675 Strader Dr. (859) 254-6795, www.yourtrinity.com or email: email@example.com.
Word of Hope Lutheran Church. PandaMania: Where God Is Wild About You . Noon-4 p.m. June 12; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13-16. For preschool-fifth grade. $30, $20 for additional children in same family. 1870 Armstrong Mill Rd., Lexington. (859) 272-8515. www.wordofhopechurch.com.
Paris Church of the Nazarene. SonShine: The Light of the World. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 13-17. For preschool-8th grade. Free. 450 Houston Ave., Paris. www.parisnazarene.org. Amy Majewski, (859) 235-9805, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect . 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10-14. Ages nursery-sixth grade and adults. 32 E. Lexington Ave., Winchester. (859) 744-2884.
Winchester First United Methodist Church. Shake It Up Café. 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. July 25-29. Age 4-fifth grade completed. 204 South Main St., Winchester. (859) 744-5410. Winfumc.org.
Church of the Savior. Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid. 9 a.m.-noon June 20-24. For completed kindergarten-completed fifth grade. Free. 1301 Brannon Rd., Nicholasville. (859) 223-1161 or www.churchofthesavior.net.
Nicholasville Christian Church. Kickin' It Old School. 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 26-30; dinner included. For preschool-fifth grade. Free. 104 S. Second St., Nicholasville. (859) 885-4311. www.nccdoc.com.
Wilmore Free Methodist Church. SonSurf Beach Bash. 9 a.m. June 6-10. 1200 Lexington Rd., Wilmore. Free.
Madison Baptist Church. Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages. 6-9 p.m. June 20-24. Ages 4-12. Free. 2945 Lexington Rd., Richmond. (859) 624-9881. www.madisonbaptistchurch.net.
Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church . Winning Souls for Team Jesus. 6-8 p.m. July 11-15. For kindergarten-age 12 and adults. 1037 Jacks Creek Rd., Richmond. (859) 623-0046.
Richmond Church of Christ. Fishing for Miracles. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12-15. For ages through middle school. Free. 1500 Lancaster Rd., Richmond. www.richmondcc.org. (859) 623-8535.
Great Crossing Baptist Church. New York Vacation. 6-8:30 p.m. June 6-10. Age 3-fifth grade. Adult class also offered. 1061 Stamping Ground Pike, Georgetown. (502) 863-2182. www.greatcrossing.org or email@example.com.
Stamping Ground Baptist Church and Stamping Ground Christian Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect. 6-8:30 p.m. June 5-9. Family night, 6 p.m. June 10. Age 3-12th grade. Free. Stamping Ground Baptist, 3309 Main St., Stamping Ground. (859) 200-7407. www.sgbaptistchurch.com.
Anchor Baptist Church. Beach Blast: Celebrating God's Faithfulness. 6-8:15 p.m. June 20-24. For kindergarten-fifth grade. Free. 1755 Lancaster Rd., Richmond. (859) 624-0748. www.anchorbaptistnet.com.
Faith Baptist Church. Treasure Quest: Seeking the Treasures of Christ. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. Age 2-adult. Free. 3692 Huntertown Road, Versailles. (859) 640-4362.
New Hope Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect . 6-8:10 p.m. July 11-15. Registration at 5:30 p.m. Family Night July 17. Age 3-fifth grade. 3825 Tyrone Pike, Versailles. Pre-register at Newhopeky.org or call (859) 873-1707.
St. Andrew's Anglican Church. Faith Expedition: God's Treasure Revealed.6:30-8:30 p.m. June 26-30. Closing program and potluck supper/cookout 6-8:30 p.m. July 1. Ages 4-11. Free. 115 Paddock Dr., Versailles. (859) 873-3321, Standrewsky.org.
Versailles Baptist Church. Fun in the Big Apple. 6-8:30 p.m. July 11-15; dinner, 5 p.m. For kindergarten-fifth grade. Free. 125 E. Green St., Versailles. (859) 873-7338, www.versaillesbaptist.org.
First Baptist Church, Junction City. Big Apple Adventure: Where Life and Faith Connect. 6-9 p.m. June 5-9. Age 3- completed fifth grade. Free. 3860 U.S. 127 South, Danville. (859) 854-3253. www.jcfbc.org.
Lawrenceburg Community Baptist Church. The Big Apple. 6-8:30 p.m. June 5-10. Age 4-completed sixth grade. Saffell St., Lawrenceburg. (859) 839-6274.
New Columbus Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect. 6:30-9 p.m. June 13-17. Commencement, 6 p.m. June 19. Age 2-12th grade. 16185 New Columbus Rd., Corinth. (502) 857-4430. Free. www.newcolumbusbaptist.org. Jed Davis, VBS director, (502) 857-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salvisa Baptist Church. Big Apple Adventure Where Faith and Life Connect. 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. Age 2-sixth grade. Free. 138 Kirkwood Road, Salvisa. (859) 865-2212. www.salvisabaptist.org.
COMPILED BY CAMILLE WEBER