Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Vacation Bible School in the valley

Express Staff Writer

    Vacation Bible schools in the valley bring together religious expression, creative activity and outdoor recreation for fun and memorable weeks.
    St. Thomas Episcopal Church/Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley and Hailey’s Calvary Bible Church and Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum have faith-based camp options.
    Besides these offerings, the Camp Perkins Lutheran Outdoor Ministries visits Hailey each summer for a Vacation Bible School at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church. This year’s dates are Aug. 3-8.

“Weird Animals” at Ketchum church
    Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church/St. Thomas Episcopal Church are co-hosting Vacation Bible School at Our Lady of the Snows.
    The two churches conduct a program for kids from pre-school through the fifth grade.
    This year’s theme is “Weird Animals.” Exciting and interactive Bible stories, team-building games, awesome music will be used to show how Jesus showed his unconditional love for others and how his love is one-of-a-kind.
    Bible school runs from 9 a.m. to noon, from Monday through Friday, July 7-11. Cost is $75 per child. Register with Helen Morgus 726-5349, ext. 21. Email

Experience “SonWest”
    Hailey’s Calvary Bible Church invites kids to “SonWest Roundup” Vacation Bible School in June.
    Kids ages four years through sixth grade are welcome. Camp runs daily, June 23-27, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Parents are invited Thursday, June 26 at 6 p.m. for an evening barbecue and kids’ program.
    Suggested donation is $15 per child or $40 for a family of three or more. To reserve your child’s space at VBS, register on-line by June 10.

Big Wood’s “Workshop of Wonder”
    Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood offers a “Workshop of Wonder” for kids to imagine and build with God, using Bible stories, outdoor games and science experiments. Kids in grades 4-6 have fun at Redfish Lake on one of the days.
    The fun begins every morning at 8:45 and goes until noon, from Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1. Cost is $15 per child or $35 per family. Afternoon care is available for an additional fee.
    Transportation will be provided on a first-come-first- serve basis. To register, contact Carrie Kotara at 622-0548 or email her at

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