Perhaps you’ve never hosted a VBS before and you're not sure where to start? Or maybe you're a seasoned VBS veteran who just happened to come across our website? Whether you're buying your first program or your twentieth, we believe it's important to find one that suits your parish and its needs. Here are 10 reasons why we think a Cat.Chat VBS might be just what you're looking for in 2023.
1. 100% Catholic Themes
What if there was an exciting, effective, and easy way to present the fullness of the Catholic faith to the kids in your parish? These 6 unique VBS themes are designed to do just that.
Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus
Help kids get to know Our Blessed Mother and learn how she can lead us closer to her son Jesus.
Marvelous Mystery: The Mass Comes Alive
Your kids will fall in love with the Mass as they start to uncover its beautiful mysteries.
Revised in 2022
Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments
Allow your kids to start exploring the seven treasures of the Catholic faith.
Revised in 2021
Radical Ride on The Wings of Prayer: With Amazing Angels and Super Saints
Get kids’ prayer life to soar with help from the Angels and Saints.
Cathletics: Training To Be Champions For Christ
Prepare kids for the ultimate challenge as they train and grow strong in the scriptures.
Revised in 2022.
Birthday Blast: A Celebration of Life
Give your kids the opportunity to discover the beauty and dignity of all human life in a fun and exciting way.
“Cat.Chat is 100% Catholic and we always feel the Holy Spirit working when we use it.”
Sandra, VBS Coordinator, Kansas, USA
2. Created BY Catholics FOR Catholics
Your summer VBS is an important work of evangelization, and it may be the only Catholic teaching some kids ever receive. It’s far too common to see Catholic parishes hosting Protestant programs. Why not host a VBS that’s created by Catholics, and rooted in the Catechism, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the lives of the Saints. Cat.Chat is 100% Catholic in all its content, and each program has been endorsed by our local bishop.
“As the parish VBS director for the last 10 years, I cannot put into words my great gratitude for all your hard work.”
Jane, VBS director, Ontario, Canada
3. Top Quality Music
Throughout history, one of most powerful teaching tools has always been music. Kids will listen to top quality, professionally produced, catchy songs that will catechize them at the same time. Each of our VBS programs has ten high energy action song videos and Bible verse videos that will have them dancing and singing all week long.
“The tunes are catchy and the lessons learned are inspiring. Cat.Chat is a wonderful tool to help parents and kids grow together in their love and appreciation for the richness of our Catholic faith.”
Christopher West, Catholic speaker and author
Each leader guide provides everything you need to lead your activity station, and is organized to make things as simple and user friendly as possible. Whether you have a large group or a small one, there are creative ideas for all ages.
New for 2022: A digital program can now be used as an online version for each of the 6 physical VBS Kits. This convenient online platform can be accessed from any device and features all the daily lesson plans, downloads, printables, VBS music, action songs and Bible verse videos.
“It was as though I had someone take my hand to lead me through all the planning, because your guides were truly THAT good.”
Darcie, VBS leader, Saskatchewan, Canada
5. Saint of the Day
Kids love stories. So why not tell them about some of the heroic men and women who can help them on their faith journey. As Catholics, we have countless heavenly friends we can call upon wherever we are, and each day features a different saint to get to know and love. The kids also have the opportunity to take a fun saint card home with them, so they can share the story with their family.
“The saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.”
6. Bible Verses and Daily Virtues
As Catholics, we know how important scripture is, but we don’t often take the time to highlight it. The daily Bible verse really encourages kids to start memorizing the Word of God and apply it to their lives. Kids who SING God’s Word, KNOW God’s Word. The virtue is also designed to reinforce the Scripture and the theme of the day.
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
7. Great for All Ages
No matter how old you are, VBS is sure to become a highlight of your summer. It’s a week of faith and fun; whether you’re 4 years old or 40. All our games, crafts, snacks, and teachings have been tried and tested on kids ages 4-11, and the older teens and adults have the opportunity to get involved as leaders.
“The lessons from Cat.Chat are simple, and easily adaptable for 4 year olds to 6th graders.”
Wende, VBS leader, Ohio, USA
8. Awesome Take-Home Items
With saint cards, music CDs, DVDs and prayer cards, kids have the opportunity to take the VBS experience home with them. We now have a take home digital resource available for families.
Kids and families will have easy access to all the digital resources including all the VBS music, Action Song Videos, Bible Memory songs, printable coloring pages and activities from one convenient online platform. The Take Home digital VBS is the perfect addition to your Cat.Chat VBS program. It's easy-to-use, affordable and the amazing thing: it doesn't expire!
“Find new ways to spread the Word of God to every corner of the world.”
9. Includes a Closing Mass
What better way to end a week of VBS fun than to gather and celebrate the very “source and summit” of our faith! By integrating key elements from the VBS into the Mass (such as some of the songs, teachings in the homily, etc…), the kids will have the opportunity to fall in love with the Mass in a whole new way. It also gives the parents a chance to experience what their children have been learning during the week.
“I was so thrilled to be able to finish the week with a Mass. The entire program came together beautifully.”
Rocio, VBS Director, Virginia, USA
10. The Faith Will Come Alive
As parents, teachers, and leaders, it’s our job to make sure kids are getting excited about their faith. VBS is a powerful tool of evangelization that helps unite and bring life to families and parish communities. A week of Cat.Chat VBS will make the faith come alive not only for kids, but for all those involved.
“I loved it; the kids loved it. It’s vibrant and fun.”
Eileen, DRE, Alaska, USA
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