This year's VBS theme was "Jungle Safari" where the children learned about the nature of God through Bible lessons, music, crafts and other activities.

Cooper Chandler, top, jumps from one mark on the sidewalk to another at Bicentennial Park during a Community Vacation Bible School activity Thursday.

Children were asked to try to jump from one mark to another, which was obviously impossible for them to do. Then the kids were told to simply jump to a cross symbol in the middle of the other two marks, then to jump again to the finish line.

Activity leader Lindsay Bullock taught the children that ­- just as they were not able to jump the complete distance on their own without first landing on the cross - the Bible teaches that it is humanly impossible to get to Heaven by a person's own efforts.

She taught that, instead of trusting their own efforts, a person must trust in Jesus Christ's death on the cross for them in order to be with God in Heaven.

This year's Community VBS has been run as a partnership between First Baptist, First Christian, North Madison Christian, Trinity United Methodist, Madison Presbyterian, Hanover Presbyterian, Kent Baptist, Madison Assembly of God and Prince of Peace Catholic churches and several area businesses.

Aaron Kelsey and Kelly Rector, bottom, perform a skit during Thursday's VBS activities.

Children are still able to join the VBS today with check-in at 6 p.m. at Bicentennial Park and dismissal at 8:15 p.m.

(Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/