Vacation Bible School
Come to our totally Catholic VBS, where we’ll hang out in Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, and find out what life was like when Jesus was a kid!
Dear Parents and Campers,
We are excited to start our Vacation Bible School on Monday. We have 127 volunteers who are working hard to make this a successful, fun, spirit-filled week for the 190 campers. We will hang out in Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, and find out what life was like when Jesus was a kid.
Each grade is assigned a color :
4 year olds – ocean tie-dye
Kindergarten – purple
1st Grade – red
2nd Grade – blue
3rd Grade – green
4th Grade – maroon
5th Grade – orange
When you arrive on Monday, you will take your child their “Tribes” table (identified by their tribe color), this is where they will meet each day. These tables will be under the big tent alongside the Education Building. Children should arrive at 8:30am on Monday and 8:45am the rest of the week. Pick up time is at 12:15pm at their Tribe table. Parents/Guardians must sign your child in and out each day with the tribe leader.
4-year olds will go directly to Room 107 for their check-in. They will be picked up in their classroom as well.
Our daily snack ingredients are available upon request. The snacks will be simple. If your child has allergy concerns, we request that you send in a snack for that particular day and alert your child’s tribe leader.
Please do not send water bottles, there will be plenty of water provided. VBS takes place both inside and outside. Children should have on sunscreen when they arrive. Please dress them in closed shoes with socks and their VBS t-shirt.
Our VBS Mission this year will be Children Helping Children in Your Own Backyard. More details forthcoming. Last year we raised an amazing $7,500 for Sadie’s Smile, and children and families are remarkably generous!!
On Friday, the children will attend the Noon Mass with their teams. The will be checked out of VBS after Mass. Then we will have a simple hotdog cookout to celebrate the end of VBS. Parents and siblings are invited to attend 12noon Mass and the picnic immediately after Mass. Stay tuned for more information about this cookout.
The tee shirts are here!!! You can come in this week, 10:30am-6pm and pick them up in advance.
Please email the RE office if you have any questions. We’ll see you bright and early Monday morning!!
The VBS Team
Thank you to parishioner Sheila Cowling, proprietor of Jerry’s Florist in Leesburg, for the Mother’s Day Roses she provided for our Vacation Bible School 2022 fundraiser. We raised over $800 which paid for renting the big VBS tent!
We want to also wish to thank the Knights of Columbus for their continuing generous financial support. The Knights provide funding to offset the cost of the t-shirts for the huge number of volunteers and campers.
Because of their support, we are able to keep the VBS cost affordable for even large families. Thank you Knights for being great witnesses of Christian charity!
2019 VBS was the Best!
200 children joined in the faith filled fun by participating in bible based activities as we learned about Paul’s dangerous travels to tell the truth to the people. The children sang songs and learned bible verses that taught them that God is with us through good and bad times! A daily morality play was acted out each, teaching the bible lesson. The church time was filled with the Adoration, the rosary, and other Catholic devotionals and lessons. Themed snacks were served. Fun games were played and crafts were made. We talked about God Sightings and built the aquaduct with God Sighting Stones. The VBS mission this year brought in fresh vegetables that were delivered daily to Catholic Charities in Leesburg. The children learned that many of the poor in Loudoun County do not know where their next meal is coming from, and that we can follow Christ’s command to feed his sheep.
We are very grateful to ALL of our youth and adult volunteers who worked tirelessly for months in advance to make each day a success and tons of fun for the kids. We truly could not have such a successful week without the dedication of our volunteers: 25 adults and over 100 youth volunteers!
We especially thank Sheila Cowling and Cheryl Rider for their remarkable yearly efforts to create a memorable experience with their creative settings.
We have exceptional volunteers at St. Francis de Sales!