Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School 2021
August 2-5
8:30 a.m. to Noon

A Quest For God's Love!

Children ages four through those entering fifth grade are eligible to register as VBS participants.  Those who will be four before the fall can register in the preschool category as long as they are potty-trained.

VBS Registration for 2021 is now closed. If you would like to register, please email me here.


What's involved in a Four Day/Four Story Format?

VBS will be a shared experience for all participants. All children will see the same story each day and be introduced to the same scripture verse. All aspects of the VBS experience—music, outdoor activities and crafts—will emphasize the message introduced in the Bible Story of the day. The detail and attention given to each story will allow each child to walk away with a better understanding of the scripture that is introduced daily.

What are the VBS Centers?

Bible Story - The main center each participant will visit daily is the Bible Story. Here, volunteers will act out the Bible Story of the day and then link its message into contemporary, daily living.

Outdoor Activities and Games - At this center, participants will enjoy the great outdoors while playing a game that links back to the story introduced that day.

Crafts - Each day participants will make a craft which represents the message learned in the day's Bible Story.

Community Corner - Participants will learn about different Community Outreach opportunities from local organizations that show us how we can BUILD UP our community. We will have different activities each day and donation opportunities throughout the week. 

Music - Each VBS day will begin and end with music. A new song will be introduced daily to help participants remember the day's Bible Story.

Snack - A nutritious snack which reinforces the Bible Story's message will be served daily. Special dietary requirements will be accommodated.

What would a day at VBS look like for my child?

  • 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - Homeroom (prayer, introduce Bible Story of the day and Scripture Verse)
  • 8:50 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. - Music in Church
  • 9:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. - Center One
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. - Center Two
  • 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Snack in Good Samaritan Center
  • 10:35 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Center Three
  • 11:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Center Four
  • 11:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Music in Church
  • 11:50 a.m. to noon - Homeroom (hand out lesson materials, crafts, etc.)

Which age groups are eligible to participate in VBS?
We invite children as young as age four through those entering fifth grade to participate in Vacation Bible School.  Our preschool and kindergarten participants don't participate in the large group rotations.  The younger ones experience a tamer version of VBS than our older participants.

Our VBS volunteer meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. All volunteers are expected to attend.

Teens entering sixth grade and older are eligible to apply to volunteer at VBS. Applications were due July 2. 

Teens, you will need to:
1. Fill out the application that you have either picked up from the front desk, downloaded and printed from the link above, or online using the link above.
2. Turn that application in to Annie LaPlante before the July 2 deadline.
3. You will receive an e-mail with a link to sign up for the specific position you'd like (Either a Group Leader or Center Volunteer).
PLEASE NOTE: If you have turned in your form, that does not guarentee you will receive your first choice for volunteer position. You will need to go online via the link sent to you to sign up for your volunteer position. 
If the cutoff number for teen volunteers is reached before the July 2 deadline, the teen volunteer application will be taken down from online and at the parish office and a note will be put here on our VBS Website.

Adults (18 and older) wishing to serve as VBS Volunteers will not need to apply, simply sign-up for a role to help VBS.
Adults should sign up for a role using the boxes on the left of this page!

We need adults on campus to make the VBS experience a success!  Adults are needed to serve as VBS Bible Story Directors, Craft Leads, Outdoor Games Leads, Nurses as well as helpers in Community Corner, the Snack area and as Group Leaders.  Many of these roles only require an adult to help one day during the VBS week.  If you are an adult, consider taking a day out of your week to help make VBS the best week of the summer!

We need to have at least 1-2 Adult Volunteers in every small group as a group leader.
We have around 27 small groups each year for the whole of VBS. If you are able to help Monday through Thursday of VBS Week, please consider signing up to be a group leader! 1-2 adult leaders and 2-3 teens will make up the group leads for each small group. Childcare is available for any Adult Volunteer who needs it during the week.

VBS Volunteer Role Descriptions:
We invite those entering sixth grade and older to apply as VBS Volunteers - Please note that registration to serve as a teen volunteer at VBS will be opened shortly.   Adults over the age 18 will not need to apply.  Adults can register to volunteer by filling out the volunteer form to the left or filling out the back side of the paper forms available at the Parish Office.

Group Leader:
(This position is only available to those entering seventh grade and older)

This volunteer position is our only role which requires that volunteers be available all four days of VBS. Please only sign up as a group leader if you are available all four mornings VBS is in session. Group leaders are responsible for taking their small group (approximately 15 participants) through the various VBS Centers. Group leaders also kick off each day in the small group's home room with an introduction to the day's Bible Story and a brief activity to get participants thinking about the day's story.

Please note:  There will be no more than four teen group leaders assigned to each VBS small group.  If you intend to apply for this role with friends, please keep in mind the maximum amount of group leaders we will assign to each small group.

Bible Story Actor:
Bible Story Actors will need to make themselves available for rehearsals in July. Each Bible Story team will determine their own rehearsal schedule. Bible Story Actors are only required to participate the day their Bible Story is scheduled. All Bible Stories will be presented in Emmaus ABCD on a stage for participants. Bible Stories are intended to be theatrical. If you have an interest in the theatre, this VBS role is for you!

Bible Story Stagehand:
Each Bible Story will require creative individuals who are able to dream up scenery appropriate for both acts of the story. Stagehands will be responsible for setting up the stage, moving scenery around as needed during the story, and tearing down scenery when the day's story is complete. There will be prep work in June in order to prepare the Bible Story scenery.

Each day at VBS, a craft will be made which will help participants remember the lessons they learned from the day's stories. Crafts are being pre-purchased through VBS related companies such as S&S Crafts and Oriental Trading. All craft components will be on hand. Those in charge of a craft at VBS will need to show participants how to make the craft and explain to participants how the craft relates to the day's Bible Story.

Outdoor Activities and Games:
Outdoor activities and games will be a part of each VBS day. If rain comes into the picture, we will move the activity and game of the day to a location inside the HNOJ campus. Leaders in this VBS Center will explain the rules of the days game to VBS participants and lead the activity or game in general. These volunteers will also explain to participants how the activity/game of the day relates to the day's Bible Story.

Snack Server and Snack Prep:
Adult Volunteers in this role will prepare and serve a daily snack to VBS participants. Each snack will relate to the day's Bible Story.

Other Jobs:
Other volunteer roles include photography at VBS, serving as a Nurse, preparing for VBS by working at HNOJ or completing tasks at home, serving in the Nursery and helping with VBS daily clean-up.

Who can I contact for more information?
Annie LaPlante, Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator at HNOJ, is available to answer any VBS related questions at 763-745-3483 or via email.

Adult Volunteers

As an adult, you can help lead a group, the bible story center, the craft center, the community center, outdoor games, snack, etc. We will need an adult leader at each of these station, each day, so please cosider signing up! You can also select whether you would like to help with prep work before VBS. You can either sign up to lead a day or mulitple days! Please fill out the form below to sign up:

2021 Adult Lead Volunteer Registration


All volunteers must attend the VBS Volunteer Meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m., in the Good Samaritan Center.

Adult Volunteer Registration forms are due by July 2, 2021.

Adult Volunteers must have completed:
1. Child protection training (VIRTUS) through the Archdiocese
2. A background check by Holy Name of Jesus

If needed, go to for VIRTUS information/class schedule and background check forms, or contact Jill Olson.