‘Weird Animals’ VBS marked a success

IRON MOUNTAIN – Kids had an opportunity to learn about some of God’s most creative creations, while also learning that Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind at “Weird Animals” Catholic Vacation Bible School.

CVBS was held recently at the Immaculate Conception Church and School grounds.

This was a summer faith formation session on the topics of bullying, autism and other special need situations children face.

They participated in memorable bible-learning activities, sang catchy songs, played teamwork-building games, made and ate yummy treats, experienced cool Bible adventures, collected Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and tested Sciency-Fun-Gizmos. Plus, kids had to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Kids at “Weird Animals” CVBS also joined in a community mission effort to share God’s love by providing non-perishable items for our local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

Wednesday, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint of the day, donations were collected for the local humane society.

Approximately 80 children, preschool through sixth grade, attended “Weird Animals” Totally Catholic VBS (and by “weird” we mean unique, wonderful, one of a kind). The message that God is with us everywhere, helping us understand how we are an important and beloved part of this weird and wonderful world was reinforced in this program.

The event was sponsored by American Martyrs, Immaculate Conception, St. Mary Queen of Peace, and St. Mary and St. Joseph Parishes. Partial funding of this program was from the Legacy of Faith Endowment Foundation of the Diocese of Marquette.

Each day started in the Parish hall with opening prayer and an introduction to the Weird Animal of the day.

Zoo Crews would then be introduced to the main theme of the day by a daily video and music. The Zoo Crews would then rotate to several sites where the daily theme was reinforced through bible stories, snacks, games and Imagination Station.

The day ended with daily take home sciency gizmos and closing prayer.

After a full week at “Weird Animals,” CVBS ended Friday with a Mass concelebrated with Msgr. James A. Kaczmarek and Fr. Joe Gouin.

Participants then completed the daily rotations and ate lunch. As a “Weird” ending, the participants presented a medley of songs that they had learned throughout the week, complete with hand motions. A pictoral slideshow of the week’s activities was shown while the parents, grandparents, and caregivers were treated to lunch in the Parish hall.

A special recognition goes to Mary Beth Casanova, Karen Powers, Maggie Schmidt, and Kim Harris, event coordinators.