Vacation Bible School is going on this week at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas, and well, it’s out of this world, literally. Think moonscapes, colorful constellations, and even lunar modules.
These space-oriented visuals have taken over the gym and classrooms at the parish in order to immerse campers and their leaders in a cosmic quest that reinforces shining Jesus’ light to the world.
Viatorian Associate Rosy Hartz organizes VBS each year in her role as Faith Formation Coordinator. She and leaders from her Viator Youth Group run the week. Most of these young leaders attended VBS themselves and now are actively involved in helping a younger generation develop a rich faith life.
In all, more than 60 children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade turned out for the summer faith experience, with nearly 20 youth leaders. Campers rotate through different stations, including crafts, inspiring songs, monumental games and an imagination station.
“Every morning we open with a Bible verse of the day,” Rosy says, “and we close each day with our theme song. It’s a great week, with lots of energy and fun.”
The innovative Vacation Bible School is one more way Viatorians advance their mission, of “raising up communities where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated,” and to accompany young people as educators of the faith.