Johnson Ferry Baptist Church classes & camps

Image courtesy of www.johnsonferry.org

Image courtesy of http://www.johnsonferry.org

Website: http://www.johnsonferry.org

Cost: Varies. Classes and the preschool are very reasonable, and sports/camps are middle-of-the-road priced.

Times: Varies. Music classes and sports offered year-round; preschool and MMO during school months; various summer camps.

Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068

Kelly’s Comments: As one of the largest churches in Cobb County, JFBC has a ton of offerings for all age groups, not just kids. While I have not yet enrolled my children in their programs (although I’m eyeing their sports camps for next summer), I have friends who have been quite satisfied with the classes their children have taken. The church offers competitive sports including baseball, softball, soccer, dance, basketball, cheerleading, and football; sign your kids up for summer camps in these areas, plus volleyball and tennis. (The church has numerous athletic fields on-site.) If your little ones prefer music, there are classes for babies through 5th grade. If you need a preschool or Mother’s Morning Out (although you know I prefer the term Parents’ Morning Out–yay SAHDs!) program, JFBC’s got you covered. You don’t have to be a member of the church (or for that matter, religious) to utilize the church’s offerings.

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Vacation Bible Schools – Methodist Edition

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Image courtesy of http://www.mtbethel.org

Websiteshttp://2013.cokesburyvbs.com/eastcobbumchttp://www.mtzionumc.org/vbs3; or http://mtbethel.org/event/vbs/

Cost: Varies. Some VBSs are free, and others ask for a $20-$30 supply fee per child.

Times: Varies. Most are during the morning, but some are in the evenings, and a few are in the afternoons.

Location: East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062; Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062; and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

Seasonal: Summer only, although these churches have toddler, youth, and teen activities year-round. These three churches also have preschools, daycares, and/or elementary/middle schools.

Kelly’s Comments: Since I attend the Methodist church, I figured I’d exercise the ol’ website owner’s privilege and feature the local Methodist VBSs first. (Don’t worry, other faiths–yours are coming.) Vacation Bible School…what a great time! Your kids get to learn about the love of Christ in a safe, fun environment, and the price can’t be beat! Of course, if you have the time, it’s always awesome if you can volunteer to help behind-the-scenes at VBS, whether by teaching classes, serving snacks, acting as clean-up crew, etc. Have middle- or high-school kids? The little ones love it when the youth help with VBS, and it looks great on the ol’ college applications!