As summer approaches, parents in Kilgore and throughout East Texas are eager to find fun and fulfilling summertime activities for their kids.

Vacation Bible School fits the bill and many East Texas churches have a program to offer.

Many of this summer’s local VBS programs are focusing on themes of nature, the wild outdoors and how faith in God can help  navigate difficult times.

“Our theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good,” said Jennifer Powell of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore.

“All the crafts and activities will correlate with that. It’s like an African theme and it’s all about how life is wild but god is always good.”

Check out the list below for information on local VBS programs and how to sign up.

“In the Wild”

Forest Home

Baptist Church

June 10-14

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ages: 3 years old

to 5th grade

Call: 903-984-2117

“God of Wonders”

First Baptist Church

of Liberty City

June 10-14

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ages: 5 years-old

to 6th grade

Can register online

Call: 903-984-4494

“In the Wild”

Kilgore Missionary

Baptist Church

June 10-14

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ages: Pre-K thru

high school

Call: 903-808-7545

“Youth on the Move: God Supports the Youth.”

Greater Faith


June 10-15

All ages

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call: 903-522-1907


(Spreading God’s

Love Over the World)

London Baptist Church

June 12 only

9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Ages: Pre-Kindergarten

to 5th grade

Call: 903-895-4555

“I am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

Pilgrim Lutheran


June 15 only

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages: Through 6th grade

Call: 903-984-4333

“The Incredible Race”

Grace Baptist Temple

June 17-19

6  p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ages: Pre-K to 5th grade

“Taco ‘Bout Jesus”

First Christian Church

June 17-21

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (grades 1-6) daily

8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (ages 3 to Kindergarten)

Call: 903-753-7611

“In the Wild”

First Baptist Church

June 24-28

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ages: 4 years-old

to 5th grade

Call: 903-984-3531

“In the Wild”

Highland Park

Baptist Church

July 15 to 19

Running bus to pick children up at 5:30 p.m.

Bible study from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ages: Kindergarten to 6th grade

Call: 903-812-3342


St. Luke’s United

Methodist Church

July 22-26

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ages: 3 years-old to 12

(Also includes

programming for adults)

Call: 903-984-3576

“The Lion King”

First Presbyterian Church

July 22-26

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ages: 1st grade

to 6th grade

Call: 903-984-1502


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