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)
The curriculum this year is “Earthkeepers - Adventures for Creation Care Kids”, based on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si' . Each family will receive a CD with the music from this program.
This year, VBS at Blessed Mother Church will be June 12 to June 16, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 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-3 are invited to attend. Day care is NOT provided.
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.
Recent VBS Programs
Here is a list of some of the VBS programs we have used in the past:
- "Birthday Blast: A Celebration of Life". (2016)
- Cathletics: Training to Be Champions for Christ (2015)
- Parade Around the Our Father Catholic Kidz Camp (2014)
- The Vatican Express Catholic Kidz Camp (2013)
- A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer: With Amazing Angels and Super Saints (2012)
- A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments: Jesus in My Heart (2011)
- Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus (2010)
- Marvelous Mystery: The Mass Comes Alive (2009)