Perhaps you’ve never done a VBS before and you aren't sure where to start? Or maybe you're a seasoned VBS veteran who just happened to come across our website? But whether you're buying your first program or your fiftieth, we believe it's important to find one that suits your parish and it's needs. Here are 10 Reasons why we think a Cat.Chat VBS might be just what you're looking for.
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.
VBS #1 - Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus.
Help your kids get to know their Mother Mary, and learn how she can lead us closer to her son Jesus.
VBS #2 - Marvelous Mystery Party: The Mass Comes Alive.
Your kids will fall in love with the Mass as they start to uncover its beautiful mysteries.
VBS #3 - A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments: Jesus in My Heart.
Allow your kids to start exploring these 7 treasures of the Catholic faith.
VBS #4 - A Radical Ride on The Wings of Prayer: With Amazing Angels and Super Saints.
Get your kids’ prayer life to soar with help from the Angels and Saints.
VBS #5 - Cathletics: Training To Be Champions For Christ.
Prepare your kids for the ultimate race as they train and grow strong in the scriptures.
VBS #6 – 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 could be the only Catholic teaching some kids ever receive. It’s important to us that your kids are being taught by something rooted in the teachings of the Church. 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 it’s 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 their favorite songs over and over again, so why not offer top-quality, catchy songs that will catechize them at the same time? Each program also comes with an Action Song DVD 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
4. Easy to Use
VBS can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. Each leader guide provides everything you need to lead your station, and each guide is organized to make things as simple as possible. Whether you have a large group or a small one, there are creative ideas for all ages. We also supply a resource CD-ROM or USB drive with printable posters, t-shirt graphics, lesson plans, sheet music, clip art for your decorations, and more.
“It was as though I had someone to 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 men and women who can help them on their faith journey. As Catholics, we have countless heavenly friends that 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. Daily Virtues and Bible Verses
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. 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 chance to get involved as leaders.
“The subjects from Cat.Chat are simple, yet easily adaptable for 4 year olds to 6th grade.”
-Wende, VBS leader, Ohio, USA
8. Awesome Take-Home Items
With saint cards, music CDs, and prayer cards, kids have the opportunity to take the VBS home with them. These items will also help kids to share their experience and even evangelize their parents in a fun and engaging way.
“Find new ways to spread the Word of God to every corner of the world.”
9. Includes a Closing Mass and Party
What better way to end a week of VBS fun then 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 see what their children have been learning the past 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 also helps unite and bring life to families and parish communities. A week at a 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