Vacation Bible School
“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 19:14)
Vacation Bible School (“VBS”) is typically a week-long program offered during the summer to teach children about their faith in a fun and engaging way. Of course, there is a teaching component, but music, crafts, and games are almost always involved as well. It started out as a Protestant phenomenon, but Catholic churches soon realized that they too could utilize this format to teach children more about Christ and his Church.
For more information about the history of Vacation Bible School, see the article, "The History of Vacation Bible School".
Today, there are a wide variety of VBS programs for churches to choose from, but not all of them are Catholic. In fact, the majority of them are not. Even the ones that are often labeled “Catholic” are simply Protestant programs with a few Catechism references thrown in.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this. A child can learn a lot from a Protestant VBS program and many Catholic parents send their children to local Protestant churches to participate in their programs. But, here at Blessed Mother, we prefer to use programs that have a distinctly Catholic message and theme. Our parishioners seem to appreciate this a great deal.
This year, VBS at Blessed Mother Church will be June 12 to June 16, 2017. Times to be determined. The registration form is available online in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format:
You can also pick up a registration form in the Parish Office during office hours.
Since at least 2009, VBS has been a five-day program (M-F), from 9 AM to noon, in the Parish Hall. The cost has been only $25 per family for the entire week! Children entering grades K-5 are invited to attend, and day care is always available for any younger siblings who would like to join us.
Recent VBS Programs
Here is a list of some of the VBS programs we have used in the past:
- Marvelous Mystery: The Mass Comes Alive (2009)
- Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus (2010)
- A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments: Jesus in My Heart (2011)
- A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer: With Amazing Angels and Super Saints (2012)
- The Vatican Express Catholic Kidz Camp (2013)
- Parade Around the Our Father Catholic Kidz Camp (2014)
- Cathletics: Training to Be Champions for Christ (2015)
In 2016, we used the newest VBS program from Cat.Chat called "Birthday Blast: A Celebration of Life". We learned how discover life, respect life, protect life, serve life, and celebrate life. We also learned about the virtues of appreciation, respect, compassion, helpfulness, and cheerfulness. Finally, we learned about the lives of St. Gabriel the Archangel, St. Anthony of Padua, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Damien of Molokai, and Sts. Louis and Zellie Martin.
What a great week!