Monroe County parishes offer vacation Bible school programs
Although school is out for the summer, parishes in Monroe County plan to keep kids learning about their faith through vacation Bible schools.
The following parishes provided the Catholic Courier with information about their upcoming vacation Bible school programs by the June 26 deadline:
• “Come and Go Beyond!” is the theme for the July 8-12 vacation Bible school at St. John of Rochester Church, Fairport. Participants will take part in such activities as performing in plays, making crafts, playing games and singing songs from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
• St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Rochester, will offer an ecumenical vacation Bible school called “The Incredible Race: One Family, One Race, One Savior” July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
• Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, will host an ecumenical vacation Bible school July 8-12. The program, called “The Vatican Express,” will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, with a Mass on July 9 at 9 a.m.
• “Our Big Search For GOD!” will be offered by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin, July 15-17. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Students will search for God through Bible stories, games, recycle and reuse projects, and social outreach projects.
• Students will go “To Mars and Beyond!” July 15-19 during the vacation Bible school at St. Paul Church, Webster. The program, which will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day, will feature Bible stories, science experiments, crafts, games and music.
• Church of the Holy Spirit, Penfield, will host “Athens — Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth” July 22-26. Children may be dropped off between 8:40 and 9 a.m., with activities starting at 9 a.m. Pickup is between 11:40 a.m. and noon. The final day of the program will conclude with a family Mass followed by a pizza party.
• Peace of Christ Church, Rochester, will host “PowerLab: Discovering Jesus’ Miraculous Power” from 9 a.m. to noon July 22-26.
• St. Kateri Parish’s vacation Bible School will take place at Christ the King Church, Irondequoit, July 22-26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The theme is “Praise Around the Planet” and will include activities related to the faith in Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United States. A camp-style Mass will be celebrated July 28.
• St. Catherine of Siena, Mendon, will host an ecumenical vacation Bible school, “The Vatican Express,” July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The program will feature Bible stories, recreational/drama activities, music and crafts.
• St. Rita Church, Webster, is hosting a program called “ROAR: Life is Wild — God is Good” July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. During the program, children will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Music, Bible adventures, science experiments, games and more will be offered.
• Church of the Assumption, Fairport, will offer a “Fruit of the Spirit” vacation Bible school Aug. 6-8 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day. Children will learn about the Holy Spirit’s role in creation, appearance at Jesus’ baptism and decent at Pentecost. Music, crafts and games will be offered, along with a closing celebration Aug. 8 featuring hot dogs and potluck dinner.
• St. John the Evangelist, Spencerport, will offer “ROAR: Life is Wild — God is Good” Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children will hear Bible stories, learn about the saints, create crafts and engage in Catholic social teaching opportunities.
• Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Thomas More, Brighton, will offer “CSI: Brighton (Catholic Spiritual Investigation)” at Our Lady Queen of Peace Aug. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
• “May the Faith Be With You”will be offered at St. Monica Church, Rochester, Aug. 19-23 from 9 a.m. to noon.