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Vacation Bible School: “Rolling River Rampage” 2018

(This week's message by Marilyn Paradise - Faith Formation Coordinator) Our Faith Formation classes have concluded until we meet again in the Fall. It has been a year evident of growing in faith. We have had students preparing and receiving the Sacraments of First Penance/Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. These Sacraments have been happening all around us. The Holy Spirit has been working in our lives. Special thank you to all of the Catechists for journeying along with our students this past school year and parents for supporting the program.

Posted by Fr. Bill on May 30, 2018

Once again this summer we are offering Vacation Bible School, July 30-August 2 at St Patrick’s, Aurora. The theme this year is “Rolling River Rampage”. Vacation Bible School begins each day at 9:30am with praise songs on the lawn.  Each group of VBS students travel with their Group Leader to the various stations which include Bible, Craft and Game Centers. We gather together again at 11:30am for a snack and fellowship and close our day together with more praise songs. 

Day 1.  We begin our week with the story of Jesus calling His disciples.  Jesus called His disciples to take what they knew as an ordinary life with daily tasks and turn it into an extraordinary life by following him.  Their lives had new meaning as they became ministry partners traveling with Jesus.   

  Day 2.  Two sisters, Mary and Martha, each had their own way of appreciating Jesus. Martha was meticulously doing chores and preparing food for Jesus’ visit.  Mary was centering herself by prayerfully sitting at Jesus’ feet upon His arrival. Martha becomes distracted by what she thought Mary should be doing. Jesus steps in with a message of love and acceptance.  

Day 3. Jesus walks with Zacchaeus.  Zacchaeus was not only a tax collector, but a chief tax collector. A man of great means.  Zacchaeus discovers an important lesson- that God loved and forgave him for the times that he may have collected too many funds. The Bible tells of the beautiful transformation Zacchaeus made upon meeting and making friends with Jesus. 

Day 4.   In our Bible story, Jesus was on His way to the most important week and task of his life, yet he purposely set aside time with his friends to rest and remember all that God had done for them.  The Last Supper would be the final gathering, the time set aside before his death and resurrection.  Passover, or the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, is the oldest and most significant of Jewish religious holidays, a time set apart to remember God’s deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt.  We are invited daily to set time aside for our relationship with Jesus.   Join us at “Rolling River Rampage” and experience how God knows us, God hears us, God strengthens us and God loves us. 

To register for VBS please fill out the form, which is available at each of the churches, and return it to us by placing it in the collection basket or sending it in the mail.       God bless. Marilyn Paradise 

 

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