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Vacation Bible Schools

Youngsters will become anchored in the knowledge that Christ guides them through life’s storms, discover why we need to care for our common home, take a Bible blast to the past, and go on other adventures during Vacation Bible Schools offered at parishes around the Diocese of Portland this summer. They are a way for youngsters to learn about their faith, while having fun and making new friends.

Below you will find a list of some of the Vacation Bible Schools being offered. Please contact the parish for more information and keep in mind that registration deadlines are often a couple weeks ahead of time so supplies can be ordered.

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, Lincoln June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - noon

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Lincoln will offer a Vacation Bible School for children from pre-K to fifth grade during the week of June 24 - 28. The theme is "Jesse Tree." There is no cost to attend.  On Friday, June 28, the VBS will end with Mass at noon, followed by a pizza party.

Contact: Trish Aldrich at 207-738-4112.

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Children from pre-K (accompanied by a parent) through sixth grade are invited to participate in a Vacation Bible Camp at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco, from June 24-28. This year's theme is "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." The cost is $40 for one child, $70 for two children, $90 for three children, and $10 for each additional child. The cost includes a T-shirt, Music CD, and Take-Home Crafts.

Click here to register.

Contact Michelle Philbrick at 207-282-4812 or michelle.philbrick@portlanddiocese.org

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Dexter June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

Our Lady of the Snows Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." from June 24 - 28 in the hall of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The VBS is open to children from preschool to sixth grade. There is no cost to attend, but please call the office to register.

Contact: Theresa Desmond in the parish office at 207-924-7104.

St. Anne Parish, Gorham June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

St. Anne Parish in Gorham will hold a Vacation Bible School the week of June 24-28 at St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street in Gorham. "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." Children from pre-K to grade 5 are invited to join in the fun.

Contact: Sister Jackie Moreau, RSM, at 207-899-5427.

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

St. Benedict Parish will hold a Vacation Bible School the week of June 24-28 at St. Benedict Church Hall, 1043 Benedicta Road in Benedicta. The theme is "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good. The Vacation Bible School is open to children from preschool to fifth grade. There is no cost to attend.

Contact: Parish office at 207-365-4294.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough June 24 - June 28, 8:30 a.m. - Noon

The Cluster 22 parishes will hold a Vacation Bible School from June 24 - 28 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough. The theme is "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good."  Children entering grades 1-6 are welcome to participate as campers, and children entering grades 7-8 are invited to serve as junior counselors. The cost is $50 per camper, $25 for a junior counselor, with a maximum of $150 per family.  Click here to register.

Contact: Michelle Valcourt at 207-883-0334, ext. 262, or michelle.valcourt@portlanddiocese.org

St. Michael Parish, Augusta June 24 - June 28, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
St. Michael Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School in the St. Michael School gymnasium from June 24 - 28. The theme will be "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." The week will include Bible stories, games, snacks, songs, crafts, experiments, and songs, all to help children learn how to live in God's love. The cost is $45, which includes a T-Shirt and other goodies. Registration forms are available at the parish's children and the school.
 
Contact: Gail or Angela at 207-623-8823.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

St. Paul the Apostle Parish will hold a Vacation Bible School June 24-28 at St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street in Brewer.  This year's theme "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good," takes children on an African adventure that engages the whole herd.  The VBS is open to potty-trained preschoolers through fifth graders.

Contact: Aimee Brooks at aimee.brooks@portlanddiocese.org or 207-217-6584.

Father Dave Cote's Vacation Bible Camp June 24 - June 28, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Father Dave Cote, in cooperation with St. Peter Chanel Parish in Van Buren, will offer a Vacation Bible Camp at Sanctuary Caswell located on Franck Road in Caswell.  The theme will be "Who is My Neighbor? Learning to Love Jesus." Children in grades 1 - 4 from Cyr Plantation, Hamlin, and Van Buren are welcome to attend. They will be picked up daily at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren and brought to and from the camp, which features Bible study in the morning and outdoor activities in the afternoon. There is no cost to attend. The camp is made possible through many generous volunteers.. Space is limited so please register by May 31.

Contact: Father Dave Cote at 207-868-9895

St. Peter Parish, Portland July 22 - July 25, 9 a.m. to Noon

A Vacation Bible School, "Digging for Treasure, Parables Revealed" will be offered in the hall of St. Peter Parish on 72 Federal Street in Portland from July 22-25. Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate, and middle and high school students are welcome to volunteer. Digging for Treasure is a fun, Bible-based learning experience focused on uncovering the stories Jesus told. Contact: Melissa Maurais at 207-773-7746 or melissa.maurais@portlanddiocese.org.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth July 22 - July 26, 9 am. to 12:15 p.m.

The Parish of the Holy Eucharist will hold a Catholic Kidz Camp: "Parachute with the Angels," from July 22 - 26 at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street in Yarmouth. Children entering grades K-5 in the fall are welcome to attend. The cost is $35 per child.  Teen helpers are welcome to attend at no cost.

Contact: Parish of the Holy Eucharist at 207-847-6890 or visit https://www.pothe.org/vacation-bible-camp-1

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery July 22-26, 9 a.m. to Noon

The Parish of the Ascension of the Lord will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good" from July 22-26 at St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane in York. Campers from grades K-5 are invited and those in grades 6-8 may attend as junior counselors.  The cost is $30 per camper and $15 for a junior counselor. However, no child will be turned away for financial reasons.

Click here for more information or email Veronica at veronica.richards@portlanddiocese.org.

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden July 29 - August 2, 9 a.m. to Noon

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." from July 29 - August 2.  Children from kindergarten to grade 5 are welcome. (Older students may sign up as volunteers.) The cost is $10 per child with a maximum of $25 for a family of 3 or more.

Contact: St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 or click here for more information and registration forms.

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells August 12 -16, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in a Vacation Bible School being offered by Holy Spirit Parish from August 6-10. The VBS will be held at St. Martha Chuch, 34 Portland Road in Kennebunk Eldridge Road in Wells.  The theme will be "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." The cost is $20 per child for Holy Spirit parishioners, with a maximum of $50 per family, and $30 per child for guests or those who don't use budget envelopes, with a maximum of $80 per family. Click here for a registration form.

Contact: Carolyn Houston at 207-646-5605 or 207-985-6252.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick August 5 -9, 6 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Saint Matthew Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme, "Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." from August 5-9 in the parish hall of Saint Matthew Church at 19 Dora Lane, Limerick. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate. Grades 6 and up may volunteer to serve as crew leaders.  Admission is free.

Contact the parish at 207-798-2244 or Deacon Paul at paul.lissandrello@portlanddiocese.org

 St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway  August 5 -9, 9 a.m. to Noon

The “"Roar: Life is Wild - God is Good." Vacation Bible Camp will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street in Norway, on August 5 to 9. The camp will run each day from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information or to register, email Joanne Fortier at joanne.fortier@portlanddiocese.org of call 207-583-4284 and leave a message.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford  August 6 -10, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish will offer a Vacation Bible School with the theme, "Roar - Life is Wild - God is Good." from August 12-16 at the Notre Dame Faith Formation Center in Springvale. Potty-trained preschoolers - sixth graders are welcome to attend.  The cost is $20 per child, with a maximum of $80 per family.

Contact Shelly in the parish office at 207-324-2420 or http://www.stthereseparishmaine.org/vbs.