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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church announces that the parish will hold its Vacation Bible School, an adventurous journey entitled “Around the World with Jesus,” the week of June 11-15. It is open to youth preschool age 3 through those entering grade six in the fall of 2012.
The journey will begin Monday, June 11 in the U.S.A. and continue on Tuesday with Peru, Wednesday with Japan, Thursday with the Philippine Islands and returning to Ohio on Friday for the Global Celebration and Picnic of the ethnic foods.
Each day will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the church building with an opening prayer service and music, then close with an 11:30 a.m. prayer service and concluding meal in the St. Anthony Center. Children will be dismissed from the parish center of the old school building, but only to a parent or other designated adult.
From Monday through Thursday, the meal will be provided by the Kenton City Schools Summer Lunch Program. On Friday, a parish committee will provide the Global Picnic with foods from the countries visited during the week.
These are the five other learning centers for exploration of these countries: Global Families, Mission, Storytelling, Crafts and Games. All centers are supervised by adult volunteers who are trained in children’s safety and have passed a background check. The children will have adult supervision at all times.
The goals for the week are to know that the Gospel and Bible calls us to create and live in community both locally and globally; to know some missionaries, their qualifications and what they do in their ministry; to understand we are called by God to love and care for one another and to care for the earth; to build a better world and to be missionaries to others near and far.
Some of the more interesting experiences are the Daruma Races and the Tinikling Dance. The Daruma dolls are paper-mache heads with no pupils or holes for the eyes. Two persons make a team, one with the doll head and the other without and then two teams race. This event is from the Undokai or Sports Day in Japan. The Tinikling is the most widely known Philippine dance. It is a standard performing number with Philippine groups. The Tinikling is a long-legged bird. The dance portrays the bird stalking over long grass, trying to avoid being caught in a trap. Long bamboo poles are used in this folk dance.
Registrations will be held in front of the church building, 215 E. North St., on Saturday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is necessary as the capacity is set at 48. For more information or to register call the director, Jean Bruner, at 419-675-1162, ext. 5 or 419-675-6165. Leave a number and message and contact will be made.