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Holy Trinity hosting virtual vacation Bible school

Families can pick up ‘adventure bags’ Sunday

Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is kicking off an alternative vacation Bible school program next week.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, Holy Trinity will be hosting a virtual VBS for kids in grades preschool through third grade.

“Adventures in Church” is the theme for this year’s VBS, and families will have to pick up a bag filled with activities and lessons from the parish office this weekend. The five-day VBS program will begin on Monday.

Video lessons will be available every day on the parish’s website, holytrinitywci.org.

“We wanted to incorporate the new church that is currently being constructed right now, as well as our current worship site with Corpus Christi Church,” said Jacob Heidenreich, parish intern. “Every day, there will be an adventure video where myself and the seminarians are kind of goofy and funny and exploring the bell tower, or the gathering space, or the baptismal font, the confessional, the sanctuary.”

The videos will explore the day’s theme, Heidenreich said, leading into the Bible lesson, which will be included in the activity bags.

The parish’s four seminarians will have reflections on the Bible readings and on a couple of the days, there will be experiments, including one involving magnetic slime.

“All in all, every single day, the kiddos and the families will have something to do together and a way to grow spiritually in their faith,” he said.

This virtual VBS would not have been possible without the work of Rita Anderson and Connie Gruver, co-directors of the Holy Trinity Parish VBS, Heidenreich said.

“They met and decided that these kiddos have been going to VBS every summer for years, and they’re used to seeing these faces, used to having this awesome, exciting thing to look forward to,” he said. ”So Connie and Rita decided that we don’t want them to feel like we have forgotten them – we want to make sure that we still give them something to be excited about, to look forward to, to have an opportunity to grow spiritually and intellectually.”

Families can pick up the activity bags from the parish office, 2220 Fourth Ave. N., on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is not required.

Families do not have to be members of the parish to participate. For those who wish to participate, but maybe won’t have time during the June 29-July 3 week, the VBS videos and lessons will be available on the parish website all summer long.

“It’s going to be an awesome and exciting time next week and we’re really looking forward to hearing how the kiddos experience and enjoy VBS next week,” Heidenreich said.

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