Friday, July 06, 2018 - Updated: 11:12 am
St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum welcomed to vacation Bible school June 18-22 more than 80 children from 3 years old to students who recently completed fifth grade. The theme was “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”
Each day the children met different characters that taught them lessons about how Jesus is always there to save people. Every child was placed in a crew based on their age and traveled to six different stations throughout the day with their crew leaders.
About 20 volunteers helped make the program a success, which was open for the first time to children with special needs. They had the option of being fully integrated into the regular VBS program or spending time in a classroom where two certified special education teachers led a program for them. The special-needs children brought a caregiver from home and had a teen buddy who stuck with them throughout the day.
All children in the program were asked to bring a canned good to donate to the local food bank. Every time they brought in a canned good, the child could place a piece of tape over a ripped sail to help get them off the island.
The week was designed to build community among the children and strengthen their relationship with Jesus.