2016 Cavequest VBS


St John's Cave Quest VBS a Success 

It was an exciting faith-filled week at St. John's Church on Sandridge Rd in Alden . The week of July 25-29, 2016, roughly 150 kids and adults gathered to explore God's word together. This year's theme, Cave Quest, helped the kids (and adults ) explore their faith and discover that Jesus truly is 'the light of the world'! The cave-like setting and decorations set the tone for finding the light of Jesus love through life's dark times. It was an awesome underground adventure  with singing and dancing,  games, delicious snacks, storytelling, videos and discoveries using our imaginations. We also raised over $100 and over 15 filled grocery bags of food and supplies for the Alden/Marilla Food Pantry to help those in need in our community.   Hopefully,  hearts were changed, lives were touched, and both kids and adults grew closer to Jesus through their experience at Cave Quest.
Plan to join us July 24 -28, 2017!!!!!
From the Pastor's Desk:
 "Once again, our Vacation Bible School (July 25-29) was a tremendous success.  The theme this year was: Cave Quest: Following the Light of Jesus."  With more that 100 children as participants and over 50 volunteers (including many youth from our parish), it was an exciting week of faith-inspiring activities, fun, food and song.  From what I observed, "spirits were high" and it was a positive experience of "Faith in action" for both attendees and workers alike.

My personal gratitude to Lynn Fox (Individual Education Coordinator in the Faith Formation Office) and Ellyn Urso (our former Youth Minister) for directing the program.  Their leadership and hard work in obtaining materials, overseeing the organizational details, and recruiting volunteers, as well as their unwavering commitment to making this endeavor a success, are sincerely appreciated.  Much thanks also to Erin Tryka for her work with the Celebration Team in Music and to Laurie Captain, Leah May, Lynne Menzies, and Aleah Trimm for their leadership roles at the various grade levels.  Also, much gratitude to Mary Lou May (Snacks); Andrea King and Carla Tobin (Imagination Station); Phyllis Wojnowski and Cassie Kubiak (Storytelling); Julie Sentz (KidVid); Seminarian Cole Webster (Games); Ann Hackett (Photography); Delphine Leaderstorf and Debbie Pirog (Office Support), and all those who helped out in any way ... adults and teenagers alike ... your enthusiastic excitement and untiring efforts were invaluable.  Of course, a very special Thank You to the children (and their parents) who participated; without you, this beautiful week would not have happened!

Above all, we thank God for the blessings of this inspiring event at our parish, and we ask God to continue to lead and guide us in ways that are for His greater glory and beneficial to our salvation.  May we always be especially attentive to sharing the teachings and love of Jesus with our young people.

                                                                                ---Fr. Jim Ciupek