Vacation Bible School Bonanza!


Penns Valley churches love kiddos. Every summer, I drive around the Valley amazed at all of the VBS signs that offer wonderful, enriching, fun weeks for our children. I highly recommend that you and yours kids try out one (or more!) of these VBS programs this summer.

What you need to know: Each church chooses a theme for their VBS program. This changes from year to year. The theme gives you a hint of how the building will be decorated, the types of activities the kids will do, and the skits they’ll enjoy from the title of the program. Also, VBS is usually a free blessing to all attendees. Churches put aside money so that they can offer this great gift to the community and the church members volunteer to teach, guide, and help.

They want you to bring your kids even if you don’t go to that church… or ever plan to. They want your kids to have a blast and to grow spiritually. And they want you to feel comfortable. 

Our kids have gone to other church’s VBS programs, not knowing very many people there, and have been welcomed and included every time.


Here are the Valley’s VBS programs that I know about in chronological order. If you have one to add to the list, just add a comment and I’ll include it in the post.

Taking Root: June 17-20, 9 -11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Millheim. Ages 4 – 6th grade are welcome. To register, call 349-5349.

VBS: June 17-21, 6 – 8 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ in Spring Mills. Register: 360-0272 or [email protected] before June 17.

God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars: June 23-26, 6-8:30 p.m. Old Greg School Community Centre in Spring Mills (hosted by Penns Valley Community Church). Ages 3 – 6th grade are welcome. Questions? Call 422-5360 or email [email protected]

Bible School: July 8-19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Brush Valley Mennonite Church. Ages 3 – high school. Transportation provided. Contact Andrew Freed: 349-2608 or Ken Freed 349-8223.

VBS: July 14-18, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church in Pleasant Gap. Call 814-359-3011 or register at

Investigation Destination: July 17-21, 6:45 – 9 p.m. Grace Baptist Church (next to Penns Valley Building Supply). Ages 4 – 13 are welcome.

God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars: (same theme as above, but different churches and different week!) July 21 – July 26, 6-8:15 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church, Pennsylvania Ave. Centre Hall. Register: or at Grace UM Church, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Trinity United Church of Christ. Questions? Email [email protected]

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 Enjoy your home,

About Laura

We are one little family and we're on a mission: we want to discover our hometown and share the treasures with you! Just think of all the tractor-pulls, restaurants, farm stands, mom-and-pop shops, and local attractions that we'll enjoy together. We hope that our discoveries and ideas strengthen your family and our hometown Penns Valley, Pennsylvania.
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