A complete week-long summer program for teaching Pope Francis' encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home
Reproducible, downloadable eResource
Whether you run a large established VBS program or are starting a small new one, EarthKeepers VBS makes it easy, fun, and affordable.
- Teaches the lessons of On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') in an engaging and age-appropriate way.
- Scripture-centered approach, with additional stories that bring these topics alive.
- Includes components you've come to expect from major VBS programs.
- Engaging music, with sing-along videos and hand motions for select songs.
- Built with flexible options so you can choose what works best for your program.
- Designed to minimize waste so we can better care for our common home!
The downloadable kit includes the following reproducible resources:
- "VBS: What, Why, and How" and Leader Guide for getting started, even if you've never been to a VBS
- Large Group Session Guide with talking points and tips for opening, "go deeper," and closing sessions.
- Bible Stories Guide for leading interactive Scripture-based sessions, with optional Powerpoint or printed visuals.
- Guides for preparing snacks and facilitating indoor and outdoor games.
- Crafts & Activities Guide with clear instructions, as well as reproducible handouts.
- Music resources including sing-along videos, scores, MP3 files, and suggested hand motions.
- Editable postcard and letter templates for publicity, as well as logo art files.
- Take-home pages for parents to keep them in the loop and help them work with their children on at-home goals.
Your License. You are allowed to make unlimited copies of this eResource for use within your own VBS. If you wish to send the music home with your families, you must purchase bulk-priced CDs from us for that purpose. If you serve more than one VBS, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site (without explicit permission to do so). Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our eResource licenses.
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The Pastoral Center
Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (PastoralCenter.com), author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs GrowingUpCatholic.com (focused on coaching parents) and GospelLiving.org ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.
Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley. Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for America, BustedHalo.com, Commonweal, The National Catholic Reporter, Spiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach.