Maranatha VBS ‘Stacks a Sled’ For Those in Need

This past Sunday Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown had a celebration in their morning worship to conclude VBS 2019.

The theme for the VBS was ‘Polar Blast – Where Jesus’ Love is Cool’. The theme verse was Psalm 13:5, “I trust in your unfailing love.”

Not only did the kids learn about the deep, never ending love of Christ, but they were also given the opportunity to show that love to others. The VBS missions project was to “stack a sled”. The boys and girls competed against each other by bringing food items to stack on their sleds. In total the kids donated 848 food items for The Hope Center!

But showing God’s love to others didn’t stop with the missions project. At their VBS this year the crafts were another way for the kids to show love to others by creating blankets for us to hand out to individuals and families in need this upcoming winter!

We are so beyond thankful to the VBS directors, Christy Spicer & Sue Thornton, for thinking of The Hope Center and including us in their VBS. And we are so thrilled to be included in such a tremendous way! Being a part of watching children learn to give to others and care for others and put God’s love into practice towards strangers and others in need is exactly what our world needs right now. Maranatha has always been a faithful partner with us as we reach the least, the last, and the lost in Hagerstown and this VBS was just another reminder of their commitment to helping their community in need. What a beautiful way to show the young generation how to put God’s love into daily practice.

Thank you, Maranatha, for your generous, loving spirit and always helping us in our ministry to our city.

If you are looking for a church to visit or join then please take a look at Maranatha. Maranatha Brethren Church is located at 19835 Scott Hill Dr in Hagerstown. Go to to learn more.




Wildside Presents…

Fishers of Men – only at Sunday Night Wild!

This brand new series follows Jesus & His disciples as they become fishers of men!

Don’t know what it means to be a “fisher of men”? Then you should definitely join us this Sunday, April 15th, for the first exciting lesson in the series!

Sunday Night Wild is from 7-8pm in the Wildside Sanctuary (lower level of the Administrative building located on The Hope Center campus. Use main parking lot off of Church St in Hagerstown).

Sunday Night Wild is an experience that you don’t want to miss! It’s a free event for all kids ages 5-12. There’s singing, interactive lessons about Jesus and opportunities to earn & spend Bear Bucks! Don’t know what a Bear Buck is? Come by this Sunday to find out!

And parents, while your kids are enjoying the fun at Sunday Night Wild, why don’t you join us for our community chapel service? It’s located in the Jim Resh Memorial Chapel in the main building at The Hope Center. Each Sunday a different local church hosts the chapel service so you’re always getting something new and different!

Both of these activities are free! It’s a great way to get plugged in and learn some valuable life lessons and really get to know who Jesus is and why you’re so important to Him!

For more information about Sunday Night Wild, please call 301.739.1165 or visit If you are interested in learning more about both services, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at

We hope to see everyone Sunday night!