School is back in session in Copperas Cove, but not in the usual buildings. Churches throughout the community offer vacation Bible school throughout the summer.

Vacation Bible school dates back to the days when Copperas Cove was founded in the early 1890s. The start of vacation Bible school can be traced back to 1894 when a public school teacher who also taught Sunday school wanted more time to teach children about the Bible. So she started a daily Bible school to teach children during the summer. The first Bible school enrolled 40 students and lasted four weeks.

Today, most churches teach vacation Bible school the length of a week offering half-day or full-day programs. Churches in Copperas Cove schedule their VBS programs on varying weeks to avoid conflicting with one another.

Here is a list of scheduled VBS programs in Copperas Cove:

June 15-19 at Robertson Avenue Baptist Church, 305 E. Robertson Ave., Copperas Cove.

The theme is “Gangway to Galilee” and is offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for children who have completed the fourth through sixth grade. Participants will have age-appropriate Bible study, play games and make crafts. Dinner is served from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Call 254-547-3155.

June 16-20 at Oakhills Baptist Church at the corner of Farm-to-Market Road 2657 and Boys Ranch Road, Kempner

The church offers VBS for all ages from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Rides are available. Call 254-547-5585.

June 23-27 at Cove Korean Baptist Church, 909 Industrial Ave., Copperas Cove.

The theme is “Jump Off” and is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents can review the program on June 21. Call or email Jennifer Reinert at 254-661-9071 or

June 23-27 at First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, 300 West Avenue B.

The theme is “Agency 3D,” based on Peter 3:15, and is offered from 9 a.m. to noon for children who have completed prekindergarten through fifth grade. Participants will go on a mission to discover, decide and defend the truth about Jesus through Bible stories, crafts, music and games. Children can be registered online at Call 254-547-3717 or email

June 23-27 at Kempner United Methodist Church, 90011 Peach St., Kempner

Kempner churches partner together for VBS, which will be held at Kempner UMC this year from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for children of all ages. Call 512-932-3011.

July 14-18 at Grace United Methodist Church, 101 West Avenue F, Copperas Cove

The VBS program will be offered for children of all ages during the day with the closing program at 6 p.m. July 18. Call 254-547-3729 or 254-547-6191.

Aug. 4-8 at Cove Church of the Nazarene, 964 West U.S. Highway 190, Copperas Cove

The theme is “Workshop of Wonders” to discover how the ordinary becomes the extraordinary with God. The program will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for children ages 3 through sixth grade To register, go to after July 15.

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