EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Day 5:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Our VBS campers wrapped up a week of fun, learning, play, and faith with a wonderful concert of the songs they learned in music all week. 

Their favorite, "Every Move I Make" was a rousing final number.  The auditorium floor was literally shaking as 100 campers "jump, jump, jumped" for Jesus. 

Earlier in the day, the campers learned about the Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple.  The reading from the second chapter of Luke fascinated the children as they drew comparisons between themselves when they had done something to annoy or frighten their parents and Jesus, who caused such great consternation to Mary and Joseph. 

We also introduced campers to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite monk, to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary gave the Brown Scapular.  The children were able to make their very own brown scapulars to take home as they heard the story of St. Simon. 

For many campers, the best part of this very hot day was Games -- the children played a variation of Duck Duck Goose where the person travelling around the circle chose the "goose" by squeezing a sponge full of water on top of his or her head.  Hilarity ensued.  After everyone was sufficiently dizzy, the children were broken into four teams.  Each team raced to fill a bucket from a central resevoir.  The relay team who filled their bucket the most was declared the winner.  At the end of games, everyone was cool enough to sail through the rest of the day in style. 

Finally, remember that it is not too early to begin thinking about Vacation Bible School 2018!  Without new volunteers, VBS will not happen next year.  The current volunteers have children who are aging out of the program and we are cycling through the same five or ten adults to take all the major roles year after year.  We need new ideas, fresh energy, and renewed enthusiasm.  Sign up now to be an adult volunteer for next year so that we can plan a fantastic week of learning and fun for our children. 

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