Christ the King offers a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children entering the first through fifth grades. This week-long summer school is an opportunity for children to experience God in a personal way. The Vacation Bible School will also focus on teaching scriptures that will help the children to grow in virtue knowing that to be more virtuous is to be more like Him who we love. There will also be short daily teachings on Life in the Spirit so that our children can more fully enter into life in a charismatic parish.
To help their children get the most out of this opportunity, parents are strongly encouraged to read the chosen scriptures and lives of the saints ahead of time. The four scriptures that will be the center of our teaching on Fortitude are:
- Romans 8:35, 37
- 2 Corinthians 9:12
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
- 2 Cor. 12:10
The saints are:
- St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Pope St. John Paul II
- St. Teresa of Calcutta
- St. Gianna Molla
Vacation Bible School is from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm on Monday and 9 am to 12:15 pm on Tuesday through Friday during the week of June 22, 2020 The early bird registration fee is $35 per child with a maximum of $105 per family. During the last week of registration (May 24th to June 1st), rates will increase to $40 per child. Please register early!
If you or your age 12-17 teenager would like to volunteer, please contact the VBS secretary, Lauren Sauter at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need both adults and teens (teens over 18, who have graduated high school, should register as adults). Children of adult volunteers will be able to attend at a discounted rate of $20 per child (max of $60 per volunteer family) and a high-quality Pre-K, Kindergarten and Nursery are available for children of volunteers that are too young to attend VBS. There will also be a 6th grade program for children of volunteers. To help support these programs for children of volunteers we ask you to consider a small donation for each pre-k and 6th grade child ($10 per child).
The registration deadline is June 1st, 2020. Remember to register before May 24th to get the early bird registration fee!
The registration should take a maximum of 15 minutes (please leave yourself enough uninterrupted time to finish so that the form does not time out on you!).
Please note that the registration form contains a volunteer application for teen volunteers. If you have teen volunteers to register, please make sure they are with you to complete their application before you begin the registration. You may wish to have them read these questions ahead of time.
Adult volunteers with no children attending, you may use the same registration form (just answer no to when asked if you have children in each age group).
For parents of children with food allergies: If your children or teen volunteers have food allergies, we would like you to send a safe snack for them. With the high number of different kinds of food allergies, it is definitely safest for you to prepare their snack! If your child has food allergies, there will be a table set aside for them to store their clearly labeled snack during the day. They can drop it off there in the morning and then pick it up when their group has snack.
Why did the VBS fees change?
VBS fees have remained the same for the last five years while expenses have been trending up. We have included a slight increase this year in order to help mitigate the costs. We aim to provide the same quality program that you expect without causing undue burden on parish finances. As always, please contact Lauren Sauter if you need to make arrangements for financial assistance.
What about my 6th Grader?
Christ the King’s VBS is designed for those entering 1st through 5th grade. To help our volunteers serve, we do have special program for their 6th graders. If you are not a volunteer, we regret that due to capacity in both space and volunteers, we cannot admit your 6th grader at this time. If your 6th grader is feeling left out, don’t forget to check out the Fuel Middle School prayer meetings!
I would like to volunteer, but I don’t have any children in the 1st through 5th grades, can I still help?
Yes! Even if you do not have children in the 1st through 5th grades, we would still love your help. VBS offers a Nursery, Pre-K and 6th grade for children of volunteers, as well as service opportunities for your older teens (ages 12-17). You can even volunteer if you don’t have any young children at home. If you are an adult volunteer with no children attending, we still need you to register (just skip all the sections about children!).
Can my teen volunteer pick their assignment?
No. There is an application section on the registration form for teen volunteers to complete where we ask about their interests and how they think they could best serve at VBS. We consider their answers when making volunteer assignments, but a request for a certain position in the application does not guarantee that they will be assigned there. We do take parent comments/recommendations into consideration when making teen volunteer assignments!
My 18 year old wants to volunteer, how should they register?
18 year olds, who have graduated high school, are considered adults by the Diocese of Lansing, and as such register as adults. On your registration just add them as another adult volunteer. 18 year olds will need to undergo Virtus training, as will any other adult volunteer who has not already done so.
I want to volunteer, but I can’t be there every day, is that okay?
We are glad that you’d like to volunteer, but adult volunteers need to be there every day. The majority of adults will be Group Leaders and responsible for the same small group of children all week. They get to know and trust their group leaders! The exceptions are Nurses and prayer ministers. We will make a rotation of any RN’s that would like to volunteer in that capacity and would appreciate your help during the Friday Holy Hour if you are an experienced prayer minister.
I am unable to volunteer, is there any financial aid available for my family?
If you can’t volunteer but still need assistance with the VBS fee, just contact Lauren Sauter at email@example.com to make arrangements for your particular situation.