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St Boniface & St Gall Vacation Bible School

The VBS was a success!!

Get a taste of what the children experienced at our Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer Vacation Bible School.

­• The Power of Prayer. At each of our stations, we had fun learning about prayer and how the angels guide us on our journey with God. We did activities helped us to focus more on learning how to pray! We explored praying through the ups and downs we encounter in life.

The Virtues of the Week were Responsibility, Trust, and Respect. Day 3 we had a fun virtue demonstration using raw eggs. The raw eggs represents the fragile hearts of people around the world. We all know what happens when a raw egg hits the floor, it breaks. It is important to treat others with respect at all times. We need to remember we all have very fragile hearts.

• In the faith station, your child learned that taking a ride in an airplane can make us think of prayer. Picture Jesus as the pilot and we are His passengers. When we get onboard and allow Jesus to be our pilot, our lives can be a great journey, an awesome adventure, A Radical Ride! Sometimes the ride of our life may be smooth and calm, and other times we might experience turbulence with ups and downs. When we ride our lives on the wings of prayer, we can experience more peace and greater joy! This ride could change your life! By learning more about prayer this week at VBS, it will help us to enter into a deeper friendship with Jesus! Day 2 we learned how the letter “R” in P.R.A.Y! stands for Rest. When we take the time to rest and quiet our hearts in prayer, God will speak to us. He wants us to know that we are loved, but we won’t be able to hear him if we don’t take that time for silence. We also saw different things that we could put in our own prayer spot at home. Day 3 we learned how sin separates us from God and how prayer brings us closer to Him. We talked about how important it is to place Jesus at the center of our life, and how he wants to be a part of everything we do.

• The Saints this week were St. Raphael, St. Faustina, St. Bernadette, St. John Bosco, and St. Juan Diego. We presented each child with a saint cards, so please read the story on the back of the card with your child.

• Our VBS theme song is called, “Radical Ride.” Ask your child to sing and do some of the actions to this song. This week, your child received a Music CD, so that the experience of this VBS will remain in their heart all year long.

• Have your child tell or show you what he/she made in the craft station. Ask about their prayer boxes and who they would like to pray for. Learn more about their "Good Deed Beads" and how to encourage kindness each day.

• We played some fun games. Ask your child to tell you which one was a favorite.

More questions to ask your child:

What was the best thing that happened to you at VBS?

Tell me one thing you learned about prayer?

Which is your favorite station: Games, Snack, Craft, or Faith Station, and why?

The Bible Verses of the Week: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you...” James 4:8

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…” Psalm 37:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

“..whatever you do, you should do all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances…” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Family Prayer Challenges : from the Vacation Bible School

· Challenge your child (and other family members) to memorize this prayer to their Guardian Angel: “Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

· Challenge your child (or each member of your family) to set up a prayer spot. You may even choose to set one up as a family. You can put a Bible, Rosary, pictures of Jesus, Mary, the saints and angels, etc. You can even place a prayer box there to remind you of who and what to keep in your prayers. Try to spend time in your prayer spot for a couple minutes every day to talk and listen to Jesus.

· Find a box or jar you can use and write “Missionary Fund” on it. Gather the family together and have a prayer time to discern which Missionary group you would like to help support. When your family gives up that bag of chips or pop one evening, maybe put a couple dollars in the jar. Try to accumulate as much as you can for one month. At the end of the month, count it up and give it to your chosen group. God asks us to bless others with our goods. This is a simple way the family can work together to make a difference.

· Have your family dedicate a specific time each evening to pray together. The saying is true that “A family that prays together, stays together!” Praying together will bring you closer to Christ and closer to each other! “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). This will be a very special time for you, and especially for your child(ren).

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