Vacation Bible School (pre-K through fourth grade)
For one week every summer, Fondren's children, joined by their friends and neighbors, enjoy an energetic, stimulating week of Bible study, crafts, music, games, and treats. VBS themes correlate Bible stories with learning about God’s marvelous creation. Children in pre-K through fourth grade gather in the fellowship hall to begin the day with song and story followed by Bible stories, science activities, art and crafts, supervised outdoor play, and delicious snacks. Fondren's youth play a vital role, assisting teachers with the children’s activities. Vacation Bible School, a long-standing tradition at Fondren, continues to teach children the scriptural foundations of our faith and the ways we are to live them.
Fondren Bible Institute (adults, all ages)
The Fondren Bible Institute is Bible school for grown-ups! Fondren adults gather on four consecutive nights in July for a catered supper followed by intensive study of a particular topic related to scripture presented by outstanding visiting scholars and ministers. Childcare is provided.
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What began as a study of Celtic Spirituality several years ago has evolved into a vigorous discussion group with emphasis on the transforming effects of spirituality. These transformations have led to personal revelations that have enhanced the members' relationships with each other and the world at large. Past studies have included reviews of the minor and major prophets, angels in the Bible and reflected in art, the reformation, the book of Jeremiah, and the Christian mystics. Central to our studies is the grace of God.
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The Rehfeldt Memorial Library is located at the north end of the first floor hall. Named for Dr. Frederick Edward Rehfeldt, who donated funds to establish a library at Fondren in the 1950s, the library now holds more than 2,000 books and other resources. Nelda M. Speaks, our own Lynda Speaks's mother, was the first librarian. The current librarian is Diane Blankenhorn. Contact Diane if you have a special request or if you are interested in making a gift to the library.
Fondren's Children's Library, located upstairs in Room 10, serves children up to age eleven (fifth grade) and contains several hundred religious and appropriate secular books. Helen Boone is the children's librarian.
Periodically, new acquisitions and book reviews are posted in News on the website. Literally-check the libraries out!
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