From Monday, August 6th, to Friday, August 10th, the sound and joy of children filled Saint Mary’s church, its hall, youth center, and yard. Vacation Bible School was in full session and all the parents, organizers, and youth volunteers were blessed and happy.
The 48 VBS children, ages 4-12 rotated in a well organized program between Bible studies, arts and crafts, sports and games, and Music and Singing classes, making friends with other children, and forming relationships with the youth and parent volunteers, and most importantly with God. It was truly a blessing to see our beautiful children coming to Church, learning from the Bible, singing, playing and making lasting friendships with one another.
Fr. Michael Barota, led the VBS in its spiritual direction, while other Church volunteers, together with full support from parents and members of “Heart of Mary” Youth Group coordinated a well organized week of activities. The Vacation Bible School week ended on Friday, August 10 with a fun BBQ gathering and play time for all the children and their families. On Sunday, August 12, immediately after mass the VBS children delighted the hearts of parishioners, who had filled the Church to its capacity with an emotional performance featuring two songs and the beautiful “Um Kullay Tighme D’Malakhe” hymn that they had learned during the week. Tears of joy and loud cheers reverberated through the Church and put grateful smiles on all the faces. At the conclusion of the children’s performance, everyone was invited to visit the VBS Arts & Crafts Exhibition, featuring children’s beautiful handiwork.
After the event, parents and parishioners were excited and looking forward to more of such events in the future. Many were thankful, and one parent summarized well the mood when in her email thanking the church volunteers, she wrote:
“I just wanted to thank the entire team who put together this great bible school. My son really enjoyed his time there and learned about God. I wish you continue this type of activity on more regular basis if possible because we had a wonderful experience. Thanks again and God bless you all.”