Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Orlem, Malad West, Mumbai 400 064

Parish Office Timings: 

Monday to Friday  :  09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. &  04.30 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Saturday : 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. & 04.30 p.m. to 06.30 p.m.

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Vacation Bible Joy - May 2017

May 9, 2017

It was a joy to offer the children of our Parish, a new Bible capsule entitled: “I serve a God of Wonders!” The VBJ Programme was held from 2nd May-6th May, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. When young kids notice something impossible happening in life, their imagination vibrates with divine energy. Jesus’ as the wonder-worker, captured so beautifully in the New Testament and God brilliantly revealed in the Old Testament, to match, caught the fantasy of our children.

 

 

 

The day began with the Assembly conducted with aplomb by the “Lighthouse”, in the Church: Power Point Videos, Action Songs and a brief prelude of the day’s teaching. It highlighted the fact that, Jesus is a passionate lover; this explosive power prompted him to work miracles.

 

 Then, in Class, the “memory verse” was suggested by the Teacher. It was heartening to see how quickly the kids picked this up and recited it with enthusiasm beyond compare. The bulk of the Lesson comprised comparable miracles from the Old and New Testaments, accompanied by creative and aesthetic coloring, and craft work done by gifted hands. All this artistic handiwork was displayed in the School Hall on Saturday evening, the Final Day!

 

The entire Program was backed by Intercessors who met from 9.30 to 12.00 and prayed for the children on all the days of the VBJ. There were also many volunteers who helped the Word Ministers in Teaching and administration - providing snacks and other work-related material, each day for the children.

 

Lighthouse, the Youth Group added vibrancy and fresh life to VBJ. Here’s a specimen of the feedback we received from some of the youth: Shannon: “The experience has filled me with joy. It was an honor working with the VBJ Teaching & Organizing Team. Rebecca: VBJ was an amazing God-experience. Vania: I absolutely enjoyed the five days at VBJ. Now I am looking forward to Teaching at ‘Sunday School’ too! All the members felt it was a wonderful and awesome experience to take active part in VBJ.

 

That all the diverse departments worked in unison was the work of the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Gilbert, our beloved Parish Priest, called VBJ an “amazing experience” in his closing a[Title]ddress. He found the youth full of exuberance and the children’s fervor and devotion to the Bible, highly contagious. The curtain was brought down on this scintillating event in melodramatic manner – a splendorous stage performance! What a miracle!

 

- Parish Bible Cell and the VBJ team

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