There are many instances during VBS week that make me feel humbled- the children may ask questions that show they have amazing insight, I might see a CIT do something above and beyond their typical ‘job’ to help out a kiddo (something that you know means so much to the child they are helping), or an adult leader who explains the daily topic so well that the kids have that “ah-ha” moment. Each day my heart is full of the joy they bring to myself, and I think the adult leaders would agree, we are so blessed to work with our VBS family!
In this lesson, people called out, “Hosanna! Lord, save us!” when they saw Jesus. They wanted Him to use His power and might to save them from enemy rule under the Romans.
But Jesus didn’t come to Jerusalem the way people expected the King of kings to come. Instead, He came humbly, riding on a donkey. Nor did Jesus come to save them by using the sword the way His ancestor King David had. Instead, Jesus came to bring victory by overcoming sin, death, and the devil through His sacrificial death on the cross and His victorious resurrection.
Like the crowd who welcomed Jesus, we praise Jesus on Sunday but forget about Him during the week. We think He should give us what we want, then doubt His love when things don’t go as we hoped. We reject Him by our words and actions. We sin. On our own, we are lost. But Jesus came to save us! He rode into Jerusalem so He could die on the cross for our sins and rose again. Through Him, we have forgiveness, life, and salvation.
Today at opening skits we learned that the Mighty Fortress survived their attack from the enemy troops. When Chester the Jester was venting about how his plan failed the Queen, the Princess, and Sir Knight heard him confess to the different things he did to sabotage the Mighty Fortress. Ask your child what happened when the Princess heard that her dress was ruined by Chester.
At games the children were challenged to build a fortress/castle out of marshmallows, pretzels, and toothpicks. Have them tell you who was declared the winner from their group.
In crafts your child built their very own stained-glass cross. These all looked amazing! The patterns were so colorful, I’m sure they will find a special spot in a window at home to catch the light. I’ve already got my two kiddos’ on display at home!
The children enjoyed some of the tasty, fresh delights that God gives us at snack- apples, bananas, and grapes. Ask your child how they were cleverly plated for them (in the shape of a palm tree!)
Music had us learning “We’re Gonna Praise the Name of Jesus!” Our classes are really excited to show you everything they’ve learned all week, so please join us in the church at 11:30 am on Friday if you can, it’s sure to put a smile on your face.
Shirt pickup is after all Masses this weekend
Dear Vacation Bible School Parents,
We are looking forward to a week of medieval fun with your children during Assumption’s Vacation Bible School. Our goal for the week is to explore the meaning behind verse 1 Corinthians 15:57 and let the kids discover that God is our Mighty Fortress, our Shield, and our Deliverer. In Jesus, the Victory is Won!
Included with this packet you will find:
- Your child’s VBS t-shirt. We ask that it be worn each day of Vacation Bible School.
- One participant family CD and DVD. These include all the songs and daily themes for your family to learn during VBS week and enjoy for years to come!
- Your child’s classroom number. This is located on the label attached to the outside of the packet.
VBS begins on Monday, June 12th and runs through Friday, June 16th. Parking for drop off and pick up will be in Lot A, north of the church, or Lot D, south of the school. No vehicles will be allowed on the center school parking lot (Lot B) during VBS. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade will be in our Early Childhood Center building. Grades 2 through 5 are located in the middle school building. Weather permitting children will be outside during games time, so please be sure to send them in shoes that are safe to run and play in.
Children may begin arriving at 8:45 am. For safety reasons, we ask that you accompany your child to his/her classroom, and sign him/her in daily. Please plan to have ALL of your children in their classrooms by 8:55 am so that teachers may get their class to our opening ceremony on time at 9 am. Please feel free to join us each day at our closing assembly in church, we begin at 11:35 am. Following the closing assembly, the children will return to their classrooms where you may pick them up. Be sure to sign them out in their classrooms and take their daily projects home as you leave. Daily dismissal will be about 12:00-12:15 pm.
If your child has a medical issue that could require use of emergency medications (ex. Benadryl, Epi-pen, Albuterol Inhaler, etc.), please bring their action plan and medication to their assigned teacher/leader who will carry it around campus throughout the week. Be sure to review the action plan with the leader on Monday during morning drop off.
To teach our children to give to those in need please consider participating in our week’s mission focus of stocking the shelves at our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Our goal is to help our children discover ways that Jesus brings us together- and one way is during meal time. Invite your child to share with you what their favorite meal is, and then allow them to help you shop for canned goods and nonperishable food items to provide some of their favorites to someone in need. This year we will be collecting in honor of a dear friend to our VBS family who earned her angel wings only a few weeks ago- Mrs. Penny Smith. Penny was the artist behind the painted shirts from VBS years past, and a teacher in the VBS program since it was launched at Assumption. Let’s do our best to fill “Penny’s Pantry!” All items brought in this week will be collected at Opening Assembly so that every morning the children will see how things are progressing when they walk by Penny’s Pantry. They will have an opportunity to pray for those who will benefit from our efforts, and honor the memory of Penny by bringing in one or more of their favorite items to fulfill our week’s mission.
We are continuing to offer our FUN DAYS! Children are invited to participate in the following beginning on Tuesday:
- Monday – “regular” – wear your VBS shirt and take time to meet new friends.
- Tuesday – Mighty Fortress Theme Day – in addition to your VBS shirt wear some accessories that make you feel like a knight, nobleman or woman, town crier, king, or queen- polish off your favorite crown and cape, don some armor (we ask that you please leave your mace, jousting lance, and swords and at home), or grab a parchment scroll and bell to finish off your look. It is going to be classroom picture day so be creative!
- Wednesday – Crazy Hair Day – try out a new, fun hairstyle along with your VBS shirt – maybe someone will attempt an old-fashioned, medieval braid?
- Thursday – Crazy Socks Day – wear fun socks along with your shirt to VBS! Short ones, tall ones, multi-colored, or mismatched!
- Friday – Crazy Hat Day – whether it be huge, flat, or feathered please find a hat to wear around campus along with your VBS shirt to help celebrate our final day together. Time to dust off the old tricorne hat!
Watch for a daily recap email which will be sent out to all participant families. This will include a parent bible study as well as any reminders. This will be an excellent way to spark a discussion with your child about what they learned that day and allow you to continue reinforcing the lesson outside of the classroom.
Finally, all VBS participants have been asked to sing and dance to one of our songs during all the Masses on the weekend of June 17th/18th. This is an honor, and we ask your participation. Try to arrive a few minutes early to mass and be ready to go in your pews, as this year we will do our song at the beginning of mass. Please plan to wear your VBS shirt to the mass you attend, and when announced during the introduction/welcome announcements, please come forward to sing and dance to our main theme song. Students and CITs are welcome to line up across the altar, and adult leaders can come up to the front to help guide them along. It will be so awesome to show the parish what we learned at VBS, so please plan to join us during the mass you attend that weekend!
Thank you for helping our team make VBS a fun and exciting week for the children! We are blessed to have the opportunity to spend a week sharing our faith with them.