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BUCKINGHAM – Buckingham Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, July 15.

During the 10 a.m. worship service, Captain John Ezzo will be the featured speaker.

Currently working on his Master's of Divinity with a concentration in pastoral counseling, Ezzo is a contract instructor for the freshman ROTC program at Liberty University.

At 11 a.m., the Bowling Family will perform in concert. This trio includes Mike Bowling, his spouse Kelly Crabb Bowling, and Kelly's sister Terah Crabb Penhollow.

After the great music, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the traditional covered dish luncheon will be shared.

Pastor Doug Adams and the Buckingham Baptist Church Family invite everyone to join with them for the fellowship of Homecoming.

A love offering will be gratefully accepted. Buckingham Baptist is located on Route 15 at 24234 North James Madison Highway.

Picnic at Salem UMC

Salem United Methodist Church is hosting a Fellowship Picnic on Saturday, July 14, at 5 p.m. Along with the food and fellowship, Wayne Gough, from Crewe, will be singing.

Pastor Billy Swan and members of Salem UMC invite you to join with them.

Salem UMC is located on Route 628, Ca Ira Road, in Buckingham.

Town Hall Meeting

John Staton, the board of supervisors' representative for District 4, which encompasses the Maysville Precinct, is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Agricultural Center.

Staton will provide an overview of what the board has accomplished and is considering thus far. Additionally, he will open the floor to questions and concerns.

Attendance, said Staton, is not limited to those in his district. All Buckingham County residents are welcome.

Democratic Committee Meeting

The Democratic Committee of Buckingham will meet on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., in the basement conference room of the Buckingham County Administration Building.

VBS at Maysville Baptist

Maysville Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 16 through 20, from 6 to 8:45 each evening.

For those who don't have time for dinner before heading out to VBS, a free meal will be provided each night at 5:15 p.m. for the children and their families.

The theme, SonRise National Park, offers youth from ages four through sixth grade a weeklong adventure while learning that the most important survival skill is learning to trust Jesus as their all-powerful guide and Savior.

Maysville Baptist Church is located on Route 60 at 13329 W. James Anderson Highway in Buckingham Court House.

Register online at maysvillebaptist.com; and/or for more information, call 969-4657.

Summer Sensation Day Camps

Buckingham 4-H is sponsoring Summer Sensation Day Camps for Cloverbuds, ages five through eight; and Junior Clovers, for ages 9 through 13, at the Buckingham Agricultural Center.

Cloverbud Day Camp is scheduled for July 23 through 26, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Theme for this day camp for five to eight year-olds is Fun with Foods.

Along with activities and crafts at the Ag Center, campers will also be able to experience a couple of theme-related field trips including visits to Saunders's Brother's Orchard, Edible Landscaping, and Bear Creek State Park.

The camp fee of $40 covers snacks each day, bus fees, trip admission costs and camp supplies. Each child will need to pack a lunch and bring bottled water every day. For more information and/or registration, contact the Buckingham Extension Office at (434) 969-4261.

Day Camp for Junior Clovers, ages nine through 13, is scheduled for July 30 through August 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The theme for this age group is Photography.

More Activities for Youth

Who says there's nothing to do in Buckingham? For more information about any of the following activities or for registration, please contact either Todd Shumaker or Kristen Queen with the Buckingham County Department of Recreation at 969-4242.

Quick Start Tennis: Ellis Acres Memorial Park will once again host Quick Start Tennis for kids ages six to 11. The first clinic is scheduled for July 16 through 20, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and the second clinic will be July 30 through August 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20.

Quick Start Tennis was developed by the United States Tennis Association to introduce tennis to youth at an early age. The equipment, which is designed for children, is furnished, and participants will get to take two of the kid-friendly tennis balls home.

Youth Football & Cheerleading Registration: Signups for ages five through 13 will be held at Gene Dixon Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, July 14 and 21. Cost is $55 per child. However, additional children in the same family will be able to register for $50.

British Soccer Camp: British Soccer Camp will be working with the Buckingham County Department of Recreation to provide a weeklong Soccer Camp from July 30 through August 3.

Player development for ages five to eight years old will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day; and, for ages nine through 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $120 per child and includes a free ball and T-shirt.

This program is designed to provide your child a head start in player development for upcoming fall soccer leagues, and school soccer. Players will learn the ABC's of soccer, the moves, freestyle soccer, dribbling, passing/receiving, and much more. Registration is available at www.challengersports.com.

A Kids Crusade

Welcome Wesleyan Church is hosting a Kids Crusade beginning on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. And, everyone is invited.

This fast-paced, high-energy weekend will be led by David and Lisa Turner, children's evangelist and camp speakers for more than 15 years.

The Mystery of Blackberry Swamp will offer kids ages five through 15 games, skits, songs, and a kid friendly message.

The Kids Crusade will begin on Friday evening from 7. to 8:30 and p.m. Then, on Saturday morning, activities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. A hot dog lunch is included on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 29, Welcome Wesleyan's morning worship service, at 11 a.m., will be devoted to the crusade. However, the church expects and encourages those who have a church home to attend their own church.

David Turner is a children's pastor and his wife Lisa is an elementary school teacher. They will be joined by their daughters who help with the songs, skits, games, and preaching.

“Their ministry has produced several thousand decisions for Christ,” shared Pastor Reed T. Goe. “We here in Buckingham County are fortunate to have them come hold a week-end event that will excite, entertain, and minister to all our kids.”

Welcome Wesleyan is also welcoming area churches to join with them for this ministry to children. All they ask is that participating churches provide an adequate number of workers to attend with the children from their respective churches.

Toga Community Benefit Adds Rod Run

This year's Toga Community Benefit, scheduled for Saturday, August 4, will include the all-new Toga Rod Run for classic, antique, and custom vehicles.

Registration for the Rod Run will begin at 9 a.m., at the Toga Firehouse. Cars will leave the firehouse at 10 a.m. for a loop around a portion of the county. When the vehicles arrive back at the firehouse, they will be on display and judged for trophies. Prizes and a 50/50 will also be part of the Rod Run.

For more information, contact Jody Hackett at (434)660-1979.

By the time the vehicles get back to the firehouse, the Toga Annual Benefit will be in full swing with great music and food.

All proceeds will go to the Toga Annual Community Benefit Fund.

VBS at Buckingham Baptist

Buckingham Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 23 through 27, from 6:45 to 8:45 each evening.

The theme for the week is Amazing Wonders Aviation and classes will be available for ages four through 16.

On Sunday, July 22, there will be an air show with Bruce Dunevant and others. Afterwards, ice cream will be served and face painting will be available.

Each day of VBS will begin at the vintage aviation airstrip where kids will take-off from the Worship Rally Hangar with the first stop at Victoria Falls for Bible study. The journey continues as they travel to learn about missions under the Northern Lights, create crafts at the Great Barrier Reefs, move to music at the Matterhorn, explore fun recreation at the Grand Canyon and stop for a few snacks at the Paricutin Volcano.

“Come join in the fun and learn about God's Amazing Wonders in His Beautiful World,” shared a spokesperson.

Buckingham Baptist Church is located on Route 15, at 24234 North James Madison Highway.

Centenary Church VBS

Come explore God's awesome power with Centenary United Methodist Church at Vacation Bible School beginning on Sunday, July 29, through Thursday, August 2, from 6-9 p.m. Classes will be available for ages three to adult.

Amazing Wonders Aviation: Awesome God! Amazing Power! is the theme. A light meal will be served each night, followed by music, Bible classes, crafts, and recreation.

During VBS, nonperishable food items will be collected to donate to a local food bank.

Centenary UMC is located on Route 20 at 12247 S. Constitution Route. For more information, call (434) 581-3357.

Best Grandma and Grandpa Contest

Grandparents' Day will come early in Buckingham this year. The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce has decided that this year's Best Grandma and Best Grandpa winners will be announced in conjunction with Senior Citizens Day, scheduled for August 25, at Ellis Acres Memorial Park.

Grandparents must be residents of Buckingham County. However, grandchildren, of all ages, who would like to nominate their grandparent or grandparents may reside outside of the county.

The nomination process involves writing a one-page letter stating why the grandchild feels his or her grandparent is the best. Or, the grandchild may want to use a simple form available at Moss Motor Company and the Buckingham Public Library. Entries should be sent to Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 951, Dillwyn, VA 23936. Deadline is August 21, at 5 p.m.

The Kayak Kids

Here's a fantastic opportunity for youth ages eight through 17 to enjoy an afternoon with nature.

Holliday Lake State Park is offering The Kayak Kids, a great half-day adventure that not only provides the basics of kayaking but an enjoyable Friday afternoon on the lake with park interpreters. The program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

In July, the program will be offered on July 20; and, August 3, 17, and 31.

Advanced registration is required by 12 noon on the Thursday before the respective program date.

For additional information or registration, call the Holiday State Park Office at (434)248-6308; or, hollidaylake@dcr.virginia.gov.