I love VBS.
During the summer they have an "institute" for adults where they offer an extremely wide range of religious topics that are taught by our own parish religious educators, as well as visitors from all over the country. I guess maybe they figure they concentrate on the children 9 months out of the year, and the summer is more for the adults? I don't know, but I sure do enjoy the classes!
Perhaps you could do a bible study in your home with other parents with children of similar age? It could be as simple as renting some religious children's videos, coloring, and just talking about Christ in their lives. Christian bookstores have a lot of inexpensive material that you could use for inspiration. I've done this before and find it fascinating to listen to children discuss God!
One of my best friends, who is an Episcopalean, often jokes that an Episcopalean is a Catholic without all the rules and regulations. From what I understand, in discussions I've had over the years with my friend, and high school history; the Episcopal church is a "sister" church of the Church of England and is sometimes also known as an Anglican Church. I am not sure if they are all one in the same or sects of the same church. It was started when Henry VIII (who was Catholic) was not allowed to divorce his wife because she couldn't bear children. He wanted to bend the rules so he could get around Canon Law, but ended up breaking away from the Catholic Church and creating his own church. He was at heart a Catholic, so many of their traditions are the same; he only wanted to get around those pesky rules so that's all he changed; in the beginning everything else stayed the same. Epsicopaleans today observe Holy Communion, Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, etc. but I don't think they have actual Sacraments as we do. Communion can be taken by all baptized persons, they don't have confession or reconciliation, there isn't such a stigma with divorce, and they do condone artificial birth control, although NOT abortion. Their Reverends can be married, and they allow women to be Reverends. They offer wonderful services to the community here, and are extremely active missionaries. They do have their controversies, as with the newly appointed (openly gay) Bishop, but sadly I guess we all have our scandals.
These are just my observations and knowledge from participating in a specialized program and having a friend who is Episcopalean. If I am wrong, I do not mean to offend anyone.
Peace be with you,SamIam
The Episcopal church would not be a bad alternative. They are a "Protestant" church however very close to Catholic theology. They believe that the Church of Christ is made up of the Anglican, Eastern Rite and Latin(Roman) Catholic Churches. They consider themselves catholic not protestant. Their Ordinations are not valid (even though they do wear Roman collars) therefore they only have two valid Sacraments, Baptism and Marriage.
I just don't remember . I think there's a difference between "What's a Catholic?" and "what is catholic".
1. Here is a link to information about the Episcopal Church http://www.stjohnadulted.org/episcopl.htm
2. Not all churches (Catholic or otherwise) provide VBS during the summer months. Our parish has done it in the past - about 20 years ago when my children were of that age. I taught and coordinated the program during some of those years. We haven't done it in a very long while. I'm not certain why it hasn't been done since. It could possibly be difficult finding people to help with the program with so many women working out of the home now. I have the feeling that if it were offered again in my parish that the problem would not be finding children to participate, but adults to work in the program.
3. The Pope's statement had to do with sports conflicting with Church on Sundays.
4. In our area, people aren't so much shuttling during the summer, but the children are enrolled in various forms of childcare or other programs because both parents work.
5. Some parishes (in our diocese) still have VBS and some do not. So it's not the norm. And even when our parish did have VBS that long ago - not all parishes in our diocese offered it.
They only enrolled a certain amount of kids like ages 3 - 8 or something like that. Don't quote me on that. They have a lot of kids volunteer that are getting confirmed next year for their hours they'll need. From what I heard, it was great last summer. So great, they are doing it again this summer. If you want I can try to get you more information on it.Carmen
Me too. My mother had a therory that it would make me a better Catholic if I experienced other Christian religions. I was encouraged to attend VBS with friends and discuss anything that did not match my CCD teaching afterwards. She said my Confirmation would mean more to me if I freely chose to be Catholic.It worked. The first year I lived away from home, a neighbor invited me to her church. I declined because I had plans to go to Mass. She "attacked" my religion by saying that "A Catholic baptism was not a real baptism." and "Catholics are not Christian because they don't read the Bible." I simply replied that the Bible says, "One Lord, One faith, One baptism." (Something a very nice pastor at one of the VBS I attended told me when I told him I was Catholic.) It was hard to believe that there were people who had such misconceptions. Eventually I moved back to my hometown. We have a large Catholic community and if you are not Catholic, you at least know someone who is. Sharon
((kimberly))..A Lot of VBS has to do with Budget too.
Here, we have a running record of VBS every year.
Sorry it has taken me a while to get back on....
Thank you for the information