Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Assumption’s Vacation Bible School served North Spokane neighborhoods and parishes

Story and photo by Shelli Sonderen, for the Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Mark Blewett, an Assumption School parent and Assumption parishioner, was one of the adults who helped implement Vacation Bible School this year. (IR photo)

Assumption Parish in Spokane once again opened its doors for a weeklong Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children in north Spokane parishes.

The 135 children enrolled in this year’s program came from Assumption, St. Charles, and St. Thomas More parishes in Spokane, as well as Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Suncrest and St. Joseph Parish, Colbert. Children from other Christian denominations also attended.

The VBS mission is designed to serve children enrolled in preschool (age 4 years) through fifth grade (age 12 years) by connecting them to God through Bible-based teaching, songs and music, activities, and crafts.

Assumption’s VBS is a dream realized by Alicia Ries, who wanted to provide an outreach opportunity for her parish and its members by sharing the messages of Scripture with the neighborhood and outlying Indian Trail community. Since 2011, Ries and Anne Thomas have co-directed Assumption’s VBS. Ries has watched the program grow substantially over the last six years and believes it’s a real testament to the quality program they develop yearly and the dedicated volunteers.

Assumption’s VBS program has had upward of 50 volunteers drawn from the parish, including many families involved in the parish school. Ries said that the teen leaders provided significant value to this program by bringing an additional layer of enthusiasm and excitement that benefits everyone involved. These teen leaders, students in 6th through 12th grades who took part in past programs, now appreciate the opportunity to be a role model for VBS’s younger participants today.

The VBS curriculum presented is not only educational, but also fun and entertaining. This year, the school gym was transformed into ancient Egypt to coincide with the theme, “Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace.”

Ries hopes this year’s theme will remind everyone that “God is always with us and to lean on our faith throughout our life – just as Joseph did when in prison and the palace.”

Assumption VBS has largely become a family event, since many parents and grandparents enroll their children and then volunteer to manage an activity.

Ries hopes the VBS program will continue to make an impact on all people involved in years to come and provide an opportunity to bringing families together to discover, discuss and connect to their faith.


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