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Vacation Bible School: A Summer Tradition Of Gathering Of Children In Transylvania


Last updated 6/8/2020 at 4:14pm

A group of Vacation Bible School children from the First Baptist Church parade through downtown Brevard wearing crowns.

The first Summer Bible School in the U.S., held in 1894, consisted of daily classes in Bible instruction for children. By the 1920s the concept was popular with churches across America. The first printed curriculum for Vacation Bible School was developed in 1923. These early programs relied on Bible study and storytelling and typically operated for several weeks.

The first Summer Bible School held in Transylvania County operated from June 7 through July 2, 1926. Children, ages 6 to 18, attended from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Wayne A. Monroe was the superintendent of the Summer Bible School. Clas...

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