Vacation Bible School (VBS)


Early every summer, St. Joseph Parish hosts a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children going into kindergarten through fifth grade so that we might provide an experience of Jesus' love and Christian community throughout the week. Adult and teenage volunteers are welcome and needed!


        VBS 2017 - Maker Fun Factory!!

We are getting ready for a busy week of Vacation Bible School, June 19-23. The VBS registration form is available here. We have space for 80 campers. Check out the following VBS FAQs for parents, or view them in pdf form here.

Please get your registration forms in to the Main Office of the church by May 1st!! Campers who register after May 30th will NOT receive a T-shirt (sorry!!). 

* VBS registration will open on March 22nd with 80 crew member spots available.
* Parishioners of St. Joseph Parish will receive priority registration for the first week and then we will open registration to our cluster parish, St. John Neumann.
Open registration will begin on April 5th.
* Crews consist of mixed-age groups of five students entering grades K-5 in September 2017.
* A typical crew has a student in grade K, a 1st grader, a 2nd grader, a 3rd grader and a 4th or 5th grader. Mixed age groups allow the older kids to mentor the younger children, and also allow the younger children more individualized attention from the older crewmembers.
* Each crew of five campers has at least one teen leader. Teen Leaders are entering grades 9-12.
* Small groups of five campers travel with a larger group during the day. We meet as one large group for our opening, snack, and closing.
* Refunds will only be available if someone on the waiting list takes your spot. This is due to the cost of preordering the many special crafts and gadgets that make MAKER FUN FACTORY so much fun!
* MAKER FUN FACTORY is a great way to meet new friends of all ages, so we do not take requests for crew placement. Plus, we spend time together as a big group three times daily. 
* Payment must accompany your registration, and your cancelled check will let you know that you have a VBS spot this year.
* We will be communicating with you exclusively via email. Please provide us with a reliable email address and check it often. Parent emails will be sent out at the end of May with drop-off and pick-up procedures.
* The day begins at 9:00 and ends at 12 noon. Parents are invited each day to join us at 11:45 in the HFC for our daily closing event.
* Adults who are interested in helping at MAKER FUN FACTORY meed to fill out the volunteer section on the back of the registration form. Please note that volunteers over the age of 18 must be VIRTUS trained and certified and be fingerprinted. Contact the Main Office of the church for more information about becoming VIRTUS certified. 

Our Youth Volunteer Application, for kids and teens entering grade 6 through 12, is available here. Fill it out and return it to Linda Zvoncheck in the Faith Formation Office.  

VBS Update 6-12-17

Everyone who has a camper enrolled at VBS should have received an email from Moira today. If you didn't - check your "junk" folder! Moira emails herself (Turn on JavaScript!), copies Linda Z. and Monica (they are in charge) and blind copies (bcc) all of you. We can't wait to see everyone next Monday!!

If you are new to VBS, check out these photos from a few years ago:

For more information, contact our Director of Faith Formation, Linda Zvoncheck.

  • Linda Zvoncheck, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!