If you are already planning ahead for VBS, here are a couple of things to remember particularly if you are part of an ecumenical VBS endeavor with other churches in your community. Remember that all the expectations from the Office of Protection of Children must be met for VBS even if the event is held at a different church campus. If a volunteer has not taken the VIRTUS training and is 18 years of age, please have the volunteer go to www.virtus.org to complete the training.
Also, ecumenical VBS endeavors certainly are a fine civic venture and good for many small communities, but do remember to have a Catholic dimension to the materials. You could have a post-VBS gathering of parents and students for an ice cream social or potluck lunch or dinner that emphasizes the Catholic dimension of materials covered. Or you can send home a sheet of Catholic-oriented family ideas that reinforce what is taught at VBS. Or before VBS starts, you could send home a letter or packet to parents or guardians that provides activities or teachings that are Catholic and reflect the content of what is being taught each day.
VBS can be a wonderful part of any child’s summer and a great way for parishioners to volunteer and learn more about their faith but keep in mind that there should be a Catholic emphasis.
You can find the 2017-2018 VBS cover letter, which specifies all forms and waivers that must be completed before a student attends VBS, in FirstClass>Conferences>FFL Catechesis & Evangelization>VBS. Please contact us if you have any questions.