Kids find fun in faith with Vacation Bible Schools

Looking for something for the kids to do? Parishes across the diocese are hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) events for younger children. In many cases, VBS is staffed by volunteers and many times, confirmation candidates. Always, though, the experience is meant to bring Gospel lessons to life through fun and sharing. The following are some of the VBS events going on this summer.

Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, Aug. 1-5, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the school. Call Dave Dearden at (315) 488-5884 for more information.

St. Anne, Mother of Mary Church, 3352 Main St.,  Mexico, July 18-21, “Panda Mania, Where God is Wild About You!”  To sign up, call Linda Buckley at (315) 963-7255.

St. James Church, 147 Main St., Johnson City, July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon, grades 1 to 5. Father Chris Ballard and seminarian Zac Goodier will help Renee Davis give approximately 60 youngsters a great summer experience. Call Davis at (607) 729-4083 for more information.

St. Margaret’s Church, 203 Roxboro Rd., Mattydale, July 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon, ages 4 to 12. “Fun in the Son!” Registration forms are on the Children’s Table in the greeting area of the church, or call  Theresa Vaga in the Faith Formation Office, (315) 455-2203.

All Saints Church, 112 Lancaster Pl., Syracuse, Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m. to noon, “Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus was a Kid!” Children in pre-k to grade 6 are invited and all are welcome. Children should register by Aug. 1. Call (315) 472-9934 for information.

St. Mary’s Church, 975 State Route 11, Kirkwood, July 18-22, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., “Son Surf Beach Bash.” Call (607) 775-0086 for information.

Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt, Aug. 15-18, 9 a.m. to noon, “Panda Mania, God is Wild About You!” Pre-k through grade 4. Register online at, or call (315) 446-0473,

Holy Family Church, 4343 Peterboro St., Vernon, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., “Son Surf Beach Bash.” Ages 3 through grade 6. Ecumenical. Call (315) 829-3295 for information.

St. John Church, 8290 Soule Rd., Liverpool, Aug. 10 and 11, Camp Faith’s “Wild West Frontier Bible Adventure.”  Call (315) 652-6591 for information.

St. Mary of the Assumption, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego, Aug. 1-4, 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. “PandaMania…Where GOD is Wild about You!” Call (315) 343-3953 for information.

St. John the Evangelist Church, 66 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “PandaMania: Where God is Wild About You!” Call Sister Martha Larkin, CSJ, for information, (315) 732-8521.

St. Mary’s-St. Peter’s Church, 105 E. Liberty St., Rome, July 18-22, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street.” Program will held in the former St. Peter’s Convent, 400 Floyd Ave. Call (315) 336-5072 for information.

St. Patrick & St. Thomas Church, Binghamton, 9 Leroy St., July 25-29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. “Son Surf Beach Bash.” New this year! Call (607) 722-1060 for information.

Brady Faith Center, 404 South Ave., Syracuse, Summer Program, now through Aug. 12, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., five to 12 year olds. Older children can be helpers. Offers an “Oasis for Peace, Hope and Justice.” Call (315) 472-9077 for more information.

Church of St. Michael and St. Peter, 4782 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon, “Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus was a Kid!” Call (315) 469-6600 for more information.

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