SACO---“We are so blessed to live in a day and age in which we can be connected through devices, and we plan to take full advantage of that blessing for our little friends!” said Michelle Philbrick, children’s ministry coordinator at Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; St. Philip Church, Lyman; and St. Brendan Church, Biddeford Pool).
The reason for the excitement? An adapted, home version of Vacation Bible School for all children (pre-kindergarten through Grade 6) who wish to participate on June 22-26.
The theme, which was planned prior to the pandemic, is "Rocky Railway: Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through."
“The links for the recordings will be sent out each morning, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, we will be live, starting at 9 a.m., and the kids will have a chance to sing and dance and share about their week of growing in faith,” said Philbrick.
The week will feature daily themes and lessons, “Bible Buddies,” music, activities, lessons, and praying together. Participating families will be invited to collect their Vacation Bible School information and material packs in a drive-thru format the week before.
“The packs will have the schedule for the week, the child’s t-shirt, music compact discs, crafts/projects, worksheets, our interactive game for Friday and more,” said Philbrick.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff at Good Shepherd was determined to offer a week in which young people could still grow in their faith, alone while together.
“While we would of course prefer to offer it in person, I think this alternative will still provide a great deal of fun and inspiration amidst the current distancing restrictions,” said Josh Houde, assistant director of faith formation at the parish. “My wife and I look forward to participating with our children and hope many others can too!”
“The message of this year’s program is so incredibly timely, we hope everyone who is able will join us will take it to heart, share it in their own homes and beyond, and allow Jesus’ power to take root and bear fruit, in these difficult times and always,” said Philbrick.
The registration deadline is Sunday, May 24, so that materials can be prepared. To register or for more information, visit https://goodshepherdparish.us/rocy-railway-vbs-2020.