Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Children take a break while learning about their faith at Vacation Bible School
by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff
(From the June 10, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)
Summer vacation is knocking on the door and it’s time to find some activities for rambunctious children. Fortunately, many parishes in the Spokane Diocese are offering Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the early weeks of summer. VBS is the perfect opportunity for lively and active children to work off some of their energy and spend time in the company of other kids hearing God’s word in a format designed specifically to meet their learning needs.
This summer the diocese’s Parish Services Office is recommending two different programs for parishes to use: “Lava Lava Island, Where Jesus’ Love Flows,” produced by Harcourt Religion Publishers, and “SonGames 2004 – God’s Team in Action,” by Liguori Publications.
The Lava Lava Island program divides children into mixed age groups, called Island Crews. Children travel in their crews throughout the day to seven different stations.
Each station is staffed by and adult leader and incorporates the “Bible Point of the Day” through Scripture stories and verses, songs, a “Catholic Connection to the Catechism,” and hands-on activities that help kids know more about Jesus’ love. The stations are designed to meet the needs of all kinds of learners so each child comes away each day actually remembering the Bible Point.
Stations include the Sing and Play Bay, Crater Crafts, Chadder’s Island Adventure Theater, Tropical Treats, Jungle Gym Games, Hot Bible Adventures, and Lava Lava Luau.
Younger children have a special place at Lava Lava Island, too. Preschoolers join the older children for opening and closing activities each day, and in between they enjoy age-appropriate Scripture learning activities in Coco’s Preschool Playhouse.
SonGames 2004 helps kids discover the joy of being on God’s team by meeting one of God’s most valuable players, Paul. Through his adventures, they learn what it means to be a member of God’s team. Kids get to play outdoor silly sports, design team flags and pins, make crafts, sing songs, perform skits and learn about five Olympic medalists who had Jesus as a coach.
Through SonGames 2004 kids learn the value of being on God’s team and how important it is to have teamwork among believers. The theme verse of SonGames 2004, from 1 Corinthians, is incorporated throughout the week: “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Some parishes have chosen to use one of these two programs, while other have created their own themes or are working in conjunction with other churches in their community and using other programs. The following is a list of parishes in the diocese planning a VBS, as well as the theme for their program and specifics about dates, times and places.
St. Peter and Our Lady of Fatima Parishes, Spokane
St. Thomas More, St. Charles and Assumption parishes, Spokane
St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick parishes, Spokane
St. Joseph Parish, Colbert
Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman
St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cheney
St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards
St. Anne Parish, Medical Lake
St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane