Nine-year-old Mille Greene of Black Mountain would not miss the Marketplace unless she was just too sick to go. A highlight of her summer, the vacation Bible school lets her sing, play outdoor games and be in a group with other kids her age.

Her very favorite thing, she said, are the skits where Bible stories are acted out. “I’ve been going since I was old enough, and every year there is a new really cool theme,” she said. This year she will invite two friends from another church to join her.

Back after a year’s absence, Marketplace - a free, community-wide vacation Bible school - affords children and volunteers a midsummer week of activities, community and fun in a venue (Black Mountain Primary School) familiar to most participants.

This year’s program for rising kindergarten to rising sixth graders, The Marketplace Hometown, takes place 6-9 p.m. July 13-16 on the primary school campus. The Marketplace is a collaborative effort by several churches. There is no cost to attend, and everyone is welcome, regardless of any church affiliation. Kids will enjoy crafts, outdoor games, music and drama.

The school cafeteria will be transformed again into a marketplace representative of Biblical times. Children will do activities at tents such as the wool dye shop, the bead shop and the rock quarry. Each tent will have a large banner to show the children actual items commonly found in Galilee. Adults assisting will be dressed in Marketplace costume.

Children, placed in groups based on their rising grade levels, will receive a free T-shirt and music CD, as well as a copy of the children’s “Adventure Bible: The Gospel of Mark.” There will be nightly take-home info for parents and an invitation for each family to attend a catered picnic and celebration 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

There will be several adult volunteers, as well as on-site and on-call security personnel.

For volunteer Lynda McCarty, a grandparent and member of Christ Community Church in Montreat, the Marketplace is a great way to influence young minds. “Children’s minds are like sponges; I want to help fill them with the truth of God’s word,” she said. “These children are the future of our community, and I am proud to help nurture the development of the value system I believe is in their best interest.

“It does take a village to raise a child, and the Marketplace VBS is a fun way to get involved.”

Assisting host church Christ Community Church-Montreat are iSight Church, Montreat Presbyterian Church PCUSA and First Baptist Church Black Mountain.

Register at For more, contact Sara Lynn Miller at 669-7577.

Vacation Bible School

What: The Marketplace Hometown

When: 6-9 p.m. July 13-16

Where: Black Mountain Primary School


More: 669-7577

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