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BUCKINGHAM – 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 evangelists 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.

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

Centenary Church VBS

Come explore God's awesome power with Centenary United Methodist Church at Vacation Bible School beginning on Sun-day, 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.

Homecoming at Mt Zion

On Sunday, August 5, Mt Zion Baptist Church, of New Canton, will celebrate Homecoming.

Guest speaker for the morning worship service will be the Reverend Jerry Stewart, a former pastor for Mt. Zion.

Homecoming begins with Sunday school opening exercises at 9:45 a.m., Sunday school at 10, and worship at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin immediately after worship.

Although there will not be an afternoon song service, revival services will be held Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 8. Each evening of revival will begin with music from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and the revival service will start at 7:30.

The Reverend Jimmy Dunn will be the featured speaker. Special music Monday night will feature Worm Patterson and All Problems Solved; Tuesday night, the Ownby Sisters with Betty Jo LeSueur; and Wednesday, the choir from First Baptist Church of Dillwyn led by Jane Dunn, choir director, and Cody Moss at the piano.

All are invited to join in this time of fellowship, worship, and praise. Mt. Zion Baptist Church is located on Route 610, Cartersville Road.

Come Home to Woodland UMC

Woodland United Methodist Church will host Homecoming on August 5, beginning with worship at 11 a.m.

The church's pastor, the Reverend Don Moore will deliver the message for the Homecoming service. After the service, there will be lots of good fellowship and great food.

Revival services will be held Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m. each night. The Reverend Billy Swan will be the revival speaker.

Special music will include Red Clay, with Lindsay Absher and Butch Davis, on Monday; Shelly Kitchen on Tuesday; Glenmore UMC Choir on Wednesday; the James River Cut-Ups, from Shipman, on Thursday; and Second Time Around on Friday.

At the conclusion of Friday night's service, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.

“We are very much looking forward to our Homecoming and Revival and hope to see you there,” shared a spokesperson.

Woodland United Methodist is located on Woodland Church Road, Route 604, four miles off Route 56.

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. En-tries 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 August, the program will be offered on 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.

More Activities for Youth

For more information about any of the following activities or for registration, please contact either Todd Shumaker or Kris-ten 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 next clinic is scheduled for 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.

British Soccer Camp: British Soccer Camp will be working with the Buckingham County Department of Recreation to pro-vide 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.

Co-Ed Soccer Signups: Registration for ages six through 17, based upon age as of August 1, will be held July 30, and Aug. 1, 2, behind Dillwyn Primary School, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fee is $40 but will increase to $45 after August 11. Soccer Season for this age group begins August 14.

Registration for ages four and five, based on age as of September 1, will be held July 30 and August 1, 2, 16, and 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., behind Dillwyn Primary School. Fee is $35 but will increase to $40 after September 1. Soccer Season for this age group begins on August 27.

Toga Community Benefit Offers Rod Run and Bike Ride

This year's Toga Community Benefit, scheduled for Saturday, August 4, at the Toga Firehouse, will include the all-new To-ga Rod Run for old and new cars and trucks.

Registration for the Rod Run will begin at 9 a.m., at the Toga Firehouse. Vehicles 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.

For more information on the Rod Run, contact Jody Hackett at (434)660-1979.

The event also includes a Bike Ride with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and bikers heading out at 10. Fee is $10 for single and $15 with rider. After the bikes return to Toga, there will be a Bike Show with trophies.

For more information on the Bike Ride, contact Frankie McCormick at (434) 610-0902.

Please note that both the Rod Run and the Bike Ride include prizes and a 50/50.

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.

Senior Day

On Saturday, August 25, Buckingham Active Seniors, B.A.S., is planning a fun-filled day for all area seniors and their fami-lies at Ellis Acres Memorial Park in Dillwyn.

Featured activities include a Senior Talent Show, interactive demonstrations, programs, and speakers to help educate seniors on important topics that affect them.

Although there is no vendor fee, B.A.S. is asking that vendors agree to contribute monetary donations or in-kind items for door prizes. By doing so, vendors will be considered a sponsor and will be included on all advertising material. For more con-tact Kristen Queen, assistant director of recreation, at (434) 969-4242; kqueen@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov.

Hunter Ed

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is gearing up for hunting season by offering Hunter Education classes

The first course is scheduled prior to the start of school, which should be beneficial for younger participants. Classes will be held August 20 through 22, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., each evening, at the Dillwyn Fire Station.

The September class will be held at James River State Park on the weekend of September 21 and 22. Sessions will be held on Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details on this class will be forthcoming.

Registration is available online at www.huntfishva.com. Those who do not have internet access may register by calling (434)983-3242.

School Supplies

Straight Street-Buckingham, Inc. will hold a school supply distribution on Saturday, August 11, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Straight Street building on Route 20.

Persons interested in picking up supplies on Saturday are encouraged to contact Michelle at 983-1745. Please leave your name and the number of children needing school supplies.