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Churches Serve Up VBS
It's a summer staple in the community, and kids by the dozens flocked to the Escalon Covenant Church to enjoy Vacation Bible School, hosted with Trinity Church, from June 11 through June 15.

This week, another VBS is going on, a joint venture of Saron Lutheran, Escalon Presbyterian and Escalon United Methodist churches, daily from 9 a.m. to noon through June 22 at Saron Lutheran on North Street.

Next week, June 25 through 29, Sky Vacation Bible School will be hosted at Escalon Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California, for students entering kindergarten through fifth grades, offered from 9 a.m. to noon.

The typically weeklong VBS programs give kids a chance to enjoy some socialization, with a variety of music, games, crafts, snacks and Bible lessons all part of the mix.

The Escalon Covenant-Trinity Church program was an evening one, and focused on Daniel's captivity in Babylon, with attendees also making several stops in the marketplace set up as part of the program.

"We did this four or five years ago and it went well, so we decided to go back in time," said Jane DeVecchio, one of the coordinators for the Covenant VBS. "We try to incorporate games of that time and the kids get to see what it was like in the marketplace."

Attendance was highest on Wednesday, June 13 with 54 participants and DeVecchio said they averaged about 40 kids per night. Junior high and high school students were able to serve as helpers and several local adult church members were group leaders.