Religion briefs: Active shooter training, numerous VBS offerings on tap

Active shooter program to be held for church leaders

Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy will be hosting a program entitled “Citizen Response to an Active Shooter Event” for church leaders on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

The program will be conducted by Sgt. Jonathan Hill of the Maryland State Police. It will be in the Good Shepherd Hall of the church, cwhich is at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.


Church leaders interested in attending should RSVP to Terri Giambarresi, chair of the Safe Church Committee, at

Emmanuel Baust UCC news

Members of the Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ church family will be recognized for their graduations on Sunday, June 17. Those who will be honored graduated from high school, college or received their master's degree. The second week in the summer series on Practices will be “food.”

Sunday, June 24 there will be a congregational meeting following worship to take action on Parsonage windows replacement. Worship is at 10 a.m. Rev. Jeffry Dull is minister. The church is located at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone. For info call 410 751-1237, email or

St. Peter's Lutheran VBS set for June 18-22

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 4300 Church Road, Hampstead, will host a vacation Bible school June 18 through 22 from 6:30-8:15 pm. All children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate.

This year's program is “Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God.” Each daily Bible point is carefully integrated into music, art & crafts, and group gatherings. Snacks and refreshments are provided each night along with games, outdoor play and other fun activities. Registration will be held at 6:00pm on June 18. Please contact the church at for more information.

Deer Park UMC, Calvary UMC combing for VBS

Deer Park and Calvary United Methodist Churches are combining their Vacation Bible School to bring you ““Rolling River Rampage,” where kids will learn that Jesus is with them even in the rapids, and life with God is an adventure full of wonder. The fun will take place on June 18-22 at Deer Park UMC, 2205 Sykesville Road/Md. 32, Westminster, from 6 to 8 p.m. Children 3 years old through middle-school age will participate in energizing music, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, and more. Also, an optional light meal will be offered at 5:15 each evening. This event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register or find out more about ““Rolling River Rampage,” visit or the Deer Park UMC Facebook page; or call the Church Office at 410-848-2313.

Wesley UMC offers VBS June 18-22

Wesley United Methodist Church will also be holding a Vacation Bible School with the theme “Rolling River Rampage.” The school will take place from June 18 through June 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to participate. There will be a closing program on June 22 at 7 p.m. To register or for more information, contact VBS director Jen Ejk at 410-857-7482.

Faith Lutheran VBS set for late June

Faith Lutheran Church, LCMS, Eldersburg announces its Vacation Bible School, “Splash Canyon.” The program will run from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to children age 3 (by Jan. 1, 2018) through 12.

The children will learn that life is full of thrills and spills, and that only God knows what is around the bend. They will discover that Jesus is God's promise on life's wild ride. There will be Bible stories, games, snacks, arts and crafts, music, more. To register, go to and click on "Vacation Bible School" under "What's Up."

The church is located at 1700 St. Andrews Way, next to the public library. For more information, contact the church office at 410-795-8082.

Westminster Baptist plans VBS for July

Westminster Baptist Church is planning its annual Vacation Bible School, July 9-13, for children age 4 through fifth grade.The theme this summer is Space Probe — Seeking out The God of the Universe. Each day begins 9:15 am and ends at 12:15 p.m. The morning is filled with air- and space-themed activities that relate to God's Word. There will be a closing ceremony Friday evening at 7 p.m. for family and friends. Children may be registered on line at The church is at 354 Crest Lane, Westminster.

Stone Chapel UMC offer Family VBS

A Family Vacation Bible School will be held this yer at Stone Chapel United Methodist Chuch, 1448 Stone Chapel Rd, New Windsor.Free. Call 410-635-2102.

Trinity UCC Set to hold VBS

Trinity’s VBS will be Game On! Please contact the church to register. Bible stories, crafts, mission projects, snack time and MUSIC!. 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ, 3229 York Street, Manchester. free. Call 410-374-2727.


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