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RELIGION BRIEFS The Church of the Redeemer is located in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel REGISTRATION UNDER WAY FOR REDEEMER'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL The Church of the Redeemer, located at 222 S. Palm Ave. in the heart of downtown Sarasota, invites parents of all faiths to register their children to attend the parish's annual Vacation Bible School, Aug. 12-16. "Redeemer focuses its curriculum on teaching the young Vacation Bible School (VBS) students about the importance of helping others," the release continues. "Each year, the children are engaged in a hands-on project to This year's theme is Lord, Teach Us to Pray, help others locally, elsewhere in the U.S. and a news release says. Among the activities will across the globe." be Bible study, painting, singing, outdoor play and a food drive and backpack project for the This year's outreach program, developed by Alta Vista Elementary School and neighbor- 2013 VBS Director Cathy Brush, partners the hood, the release notes. The Bible School will parish with Alta Vista Elementary. run Monday through Friday, beginning at 9 According to Alta Vista Principal Barbara a.m. and ending at noon. Shirley, 93 percent of Alta Vista students qualRegistration is open to children from age 4 (by ify for free-or-reduced price lunches, the reSept. 1) to those in fifth grade, and it may be made online at, or by lease points out. Redeemer's VBS participants contacting the church's parish office at 955- will learn the basics of leading a food drive 4263. The cost is $10 per child; some scholar- and will fill and deliver "First Friday" school ships are available, the release adds. backpacks for Alta Vista families who would

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