It's rare that a local church holds Vacation Bible School during the daylight hours.
But Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Rising Sun has now hosted morning VBS for three years.
"It's not hard to get volunteers. We have a lot of school teachers and stay at home moms," said Jodi Finney, coordinator of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She is also married to the church's pastor, Charles Finney.
Each day began with opening assembly in the church sanctuary. That was followed by a series of rotating activities according to age. Crafts, Bible lessons, games, snack, and music were all offered. That was followed by closing assembly.
Wednesday's craft had children of all ages making faith necklaces with each bead representing a different phase of Christian life.
The theme this year was Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future. The Bible lessons were focused on the theme.
Finney explained why the VBS changed from evening to day. She said that the volunteers would work all day and then have to go out again at night for VBS. The daytime also allows for longer VBS, instead of two hours of evening VBS, there are three hours for the day program.
The church isn't only holding Bible School. They are also running Club Calvary, a free camp which runs all summer for local children, ages 6-13.
That camp began June 18 and continues until mid-August. During the week of VBS the campers attend the VBS and the camp. This is also the third year of Club Calvary. There are 60 campers registered for the summer.
"The first year, we asked for money. Now, it's a ministry of the church and it's for the community," said Finney. The free camp runs 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
There are five people on the camp staff - college students or recent college graduates. Activities in the camp include group games, Bible lessons, crafts, games, and sports. Those in the middle school age group also learn life skills such as cooking, sewing, carpentry, and gardening.
Finney said that neither the camp or the VBS are designed to recruit for the church. "The club is a ministry of the church. We would love to have them come to our church but that's not why we do the camp," Finney said.
Noah, age 10, attends both the camp and last week's VBS. "The people are nice here and it's fun," he said.
Ryan, 11, agreed. "It's fun. I like to talk about the Bible and God. And I like the music," he said.
The culminating activity was held Friday night. Families were invited to the VBS for a movie night, videos featuring VBS highlights, and more.