Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School


CHECK BACK IN 2018 FOR NEXT YEARS VBS…sure to be a lot of fun!!!

Early every summer, St. Joseph & Nativity Parishes hosts a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children going into kindergarten through fifth grade so that we might provide an experience of Jesus’ love and Christian community throughout the week. Adult and teenage volunteers are welcome and needed!


VBS 2017 – Mighty Fortress: In Jesus the Victory is Won!!

We are getting ready for a busy week of Vacation Bible School, June 26-30. The VBS registration form is available click here. We have space for 120 campers. Check out the following VBS FAQs for parents.


* VBS registration will open on May 1, 2017 with 120 crew member spots available.

* Parishioners of St. Joseph & Nativity Parishes will receive priority registration for the first week. Open registration will begin on May 5th.

* Crews consist of specific age groups of students entering grades Pre-K (aged 4)K-5 in September 2017.

* A typical crew has a specific number of students in grade Pre-K and K group(s), a 1st and 2nd grade group(s), a 3rd and 4th grade group(s) and a 5th grade group(s).

* Each crew of campers has at least one adult/teen leader. Teen Leaders are entering grades 9-12.

* Small groups of campers travel with a larger group during the day. We meet as one large group for our opening, snack, and closing.

* Refunds will only be available if someone on the waiting list takes your spot. This is due to the cost of preordering the many special crafts and gadgets that make MIGHTY FORTRESS so much fun!

* MIGHTY FORTRESS is a great way to meet new friends of all ages, we will do our best to accommodate your placement needs but know there are NO guarantees. Plus, we spend time together as a big group three times daily.

* Payment must accompany your registration, and your cancelled check will let you know that you have a VBS spot this year.

* We will be communicating with you exclusively via email. Please provide us with a reliable email address and check it often. Parent emails will be sent out mid-June with drop-off and pick-up procedures.

* The day begins promptly at 9:00am and ends at 12 noon please arrive between 8:45am and 8:50am. Parents are invited each day to join us at 11:45 in the MPR for our daily closing event.

* Adults who are interested in helping at MIGHTY FORTRESS need to fill out the volunteer section on the back of the registration form. Please note that volunteers over the age of 18 must be VIRTUS trained and certified and be fingerprinted.  VIRTUS Training only Applies to our Station Leaders (Crafts, Games, Snacks, etc.) see application for more information.  Contact the Main Office of the church for more information about becoming VIRTUS certified.


Our  Youth Volunteer Service Application (click here), for kids and teens entering grade 7 through 12, will be available here by May 4th. Fill it out and return it to Carol Wallington in the Religious Education Office.  More information will be coming soon – check back to this page often to see updates.

Carol A. Wallington
Director of Religious Education
St. Joseph & Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parishes
200 St. Joseph Dr.
Amherst, OH 44001
440-988-2848 ext. 242