Summer Vacation Bible Schools


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caption: From Grace Covenant's Sports Camp last summer, where 806 kids attended and 346 adults volunteered

Courtesy of Grace Covenant Church

Many Lake Norman-area churches will be offering Vacation Bible School programs for preschool and elementary school children this summer. The following Bible school list is organized by date. Most church websites offer online registration. 

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Williamson's Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

June 10-13, 5:30-8 p.m.

Ages: 3 through fifth grade

“Power Lab.” Cost: Free. Kick-off party June 9.

Contact: Holly Ryan,

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

June 17-21, 5:30-8:10 p.m.

Ages: potty-trained 3 through fifth grade.

“Kingdom Rock.” Cost: $30/1 child, $50/2, $60/3+

Contact: Dave Conklin,

Denver Baptist, Denver

June 17-21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-grade 5.

“Life is a Highway.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Christina Sutton,

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

June 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: 3 through rising fifth grade.

"Kingdom Rock.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Elizabeth Still,

Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius

June 18-20, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Ages: 3-4.

“SonWest RoundUp.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Sherli Morgan,

St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

June 23-27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ages: potty-trained 3-rising fifth grade.

“Everywhere Fun Fair.” Cost: $25.

Contact: Whitney Storey,

Westport Baptist, Denver

June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-rising sixth grade

“Colossal Coaster World.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Eric Hill,




Lake Forest, Huntersville

July 8-129 a.m.-noon.

Ages: rising first through fifth grades.

“Uniquely U Art Camp.” Cost: $75.

Contact: Jenn Poppen,

Lake Norman Baptist, Huntersville

July 14-18, 6–8:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 and older.

“Colossal Coaster World.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Wendy Roland,

Grace Covenant, Cornelius

July 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon.

Ages: rising kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Winning Edge Sports Camp.” Cost: Free.

Contact person: Jeff Allen,  

Denver United Methodist, Denver

July 21-25, 6-8:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 through fifth grade.

“Kingdom Rock.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Jennifer Ingalls,

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

July 29-Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 Ages: 3 through fifth grade.

“Kingdom Rock.” Cost: Free.

Contact: Melissa F. Swofford,

Pastor reflects on turning 65

Guest Clergy

Dr. Jody Seymour

When I was a kid, someone who was 65 was toast.  The next stop was "the Home."  Of course, back then there were not that many "Homes."  Now there is an assisted living center on every corner.

I remember my grandmother squeezing my hand as she looked up at me from her nursing home bed. "I need to go home," she said. She did not mean "home" as it gets attached to "nursing."  She was referring to "that home not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1).

We both knew what she meant, so I whispered, "I know grandma, but I hate to lose you." 

That's when she said words to me that I have used many times: "Boy I don't want to outlive myself."

She was 92. She died the next year.  I figure she "outlived" herself by about 3 years.

Why am I reflecting on all this?  I registered for Medicare recently.  Milepost 65 is now in the rear view mirror.  I did not even slow down as I passed the marker.  How can I be going this fast at 65?  From my viewpoint as a child, a 65-year-old was a slow-poke, ready for the farm... worn out... spent.

How much time will there be between 65 and that time I come up against "outliving myself?"  One never knows.  They tell me that 65 is the new 45.  We'll see.

My friends who are in AA have the best attitude when it comes to all this age and time stuff:  "One day at a time." 

Dr. Jody Seymour is senior pastor at Davidson United Methodist Church at 233 S. Main St. in Davidson, and he writes a blog at