Andover United Methodist Church invites all to worship together at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday through Sept. 2 at the drive-in outdoor service, a casual interdenominational worship service.

This service has been sponsored by Andover UMC for more than 50 years. It reaches out to tourists, campers and all interested in worshiping in nature’s environment. Attendees may come as they are and enjoy the service from the comfort of their car or take a chair and sit outside. Some seating is provided.

The outdoor service is held at a site provided by Wildwood Acres Campgrounds, located at the intersection of Route 7 and Marvin Road, approximately two miles south of Andover, Ohio. Signs are posted.

Special musical services will be provided June 24 by Sound Witness, Aug. 12 by Dan Schall and Aug. 19 by Golden State Singers.

NEW LEBANON, Mercer County — Campfire Church is held on Sundays at 7 p.m. through Labor Day weekend on the front lawn of New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St.

This is a casual, non-denominational church service outdoors gathered around a campfire. Those who attend will worship with hymns and contemporary music, pray, praise and grow in relationship with God.

Campfire Church is brought by the Devine Inspirations. Services are held rain or shine. If raining, they will be held under a pavilion or indoors.

• More information: Contact the Rev. Adam Devine at (724) 376-7362 or


Area churches plan

vacation Bible schools

• EAST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Splash Canyon, “God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride,” is from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at Pine Grove Church, 9488 S. Wayland Road.

All children ages 3 through seventh grade are welcome to attend. Enjoy a week of singing, Bible stories, science projects, crafts and snacks.

• More information: Call Charlotte Hamilton at 333-1158.

• WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Barton Road United Brethren Church, 20262 Barton Road, hosts its annual vacation Bible school program for children ages 4 to 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The theme this year is “God’s Great Rescue Mission” Kids are welcome to learn about God’s rescue plan. Participants play games, learn scriptures, make crafts, enjoy snacks and have fellowship. The week ends with ice cream June 15 for the kids and their families.

• More information: Call 758-1898.

• SAEGERTOWN — Saegertown area “Shipwrecked” vacation Bible school is from 9 a.m. to noon June 18 to 22 at Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave.

This is for area children ages 4 through sixth grade. Registration forms are available at the church or at

• GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP — Faith Geneva and Mumford Chapel churches hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 to 22 at Faith Geneva Church, 15439 Route 285.

The theme is “ShipWrecked.”

• More information: Call VBS Director YetiveMarie McComas at 382-6762.


• EAST FALLOWFIELD TOWNSHIP — Rolling River Rampage vacation Bible school is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 to 22 at Fallowfield United Methodist Church, 3993 Leach Road.

Children ages 3 through 12 may experience the ride of a lifetime with God.

• More information: Call Joyce Moore at (724) 699-2236.


• CLARKS MILLS — Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, hosts Shipwrecked vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 29 for kids ages 3 through youth.

At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them. They will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour treats, experience Bible adventures and test out sciency-fun gizmos.

Kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called "God Sightings." Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for the sail away sendoff at 11:45 a.m.

Kids at Shipwrecked VBS will join a mission's effort with local missionaries, Josh and Jenna Dodson in France.

• More information: Call (724) 253-2424.


• HADLEY — Shipwrecked vacation Bible school is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 to 29 at North Salem United Methodist Church, 352 Quinter Road, for children age pre-kindergarten through sixth grade completed. Children younger than 3 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

A closing program is at 10 a.m. July 1 at the church with a picnic to follow. Drinks, hot dogs and table service will be provided. Take a tureen dish to share. 

• More information or to volunteer: Contact Julie Prentice at (724)-456-1340 or

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — A group that crochets plastic bags into mats for homeless people meets every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at New Beginnings Church of God on Leslie Road in conference room 118. The next meeting is June 14.

The mats will be given to homeless people to sleep on outside. If you can crochet, you can be a blessing. No donations of bags are needed at this time.

• More information: Call Joan Sommers at 425-7736.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The Gospel Heralds, a team of seven students from Appalachian Bible College, will give a concert of inspirational music at 7 p.m. June 19 at McDaniel's Corners Bible Church, 7175 Route 173.

Vocal and instrumental selections along with personal testimonies combine for an engaging presentation for all ages. A brief introduction to ABC, West Virginia's only accredited Bible college, is also included in this encouraging event of worship and challenge. Admission is free.

• More information: Visit

Events for the family to explore what it means to be a champion for God through story, music, crafts and snacks Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 17, 24 and 31 at Meadville's Diamond Park.

Open to all ages. Children must attend with a responsible adult.

Organized by First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Pre-registration is encouraged by July 13.

• More information or for registration forms: Call 333-2161 or 724-6736, or visit

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