The Parish Community of St. Kevin

Served by the Holy Cross Fathers

303 Niagara Street
Welland, Ontario  L3C 1K5
Youth and Family Ministry

Youth Coordinator Dahlia Brannigan

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This year the St. Kevin’s Youth & Family Ministry welcomes all children currently in Senior Kindergarten to Gr. 6 to our Vacation Bible School; “Roar - Life Is Wild * God is Good”, this summer’s mane event. It will be an amazing African adventure that is engaging. At Roar, the children explore God’s goodness and ce;ebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Today’s generation is like no other in history! They’ve been “linked in” since day one with instant access to a sea of information. A constant media fed and increasing push toward excellence has led to waves of worries an struggles that kids have never faced before. All we can promise is that your children are in for a week full of fun, superb music, and a wild setting that comes to celebrate God’s Goodness, a mighty force who loves them unconditionally.

Our program will immerse our children in Bible-times culture. They will be surrounded with God’s Word, the reality of God’s love and gain new meaning and relevance to their everyday lives. God’s love is the most powerful gift, saving us from our sins. They will have an amazing time trying out new games, songs, awesome science experiments and much more.

We will take time during that week to anchor them in the truth that Jesus carries them through the wild times of life. We’ll help the children find that there’s something deeper connecting them to Jesus in a more personal way. They won’t just memorize bible verses, they’ll personalize them. They won’t just learn a Bible story every day, they’ll experience it. These external truths will be reinforced every day in every activity they do, through science experiments, music and dance movements, crafts, games, story time and even the snacks.

VBS will take place this year at Notre Dame College School the week of August 12th to 16th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Registration forms are online on the church’s website under the“Youth” tab, in the foyer at the Youth & Family display table and the church office. Completed forms may be scanned and sent to , dropped off at the church office or placed in the collection plate at Mass. Please use one registration form per child and feel free to bring a friend. Don’t wait for the last minute to register as space is limited. Our program is once again free of charge with donations to the St. Kevin’s Food Bank so all are welcome. In order to help with supplies and needs of the program, there is a “Wish List” of items needed. Please be generous as we would like to make this experience a lasting one.

We ask that you pray for our volunteers as they train and prepare for VBS 2019 and for all the children that will be participating in the program. We pray that we are able to change their, minds and hearts with the power of the Holy Spirit and in turn change our communities, both locally and globally.

Date: Monday August 12th to Friday August 16th
Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon (8:15 am on Aug. 12th to have your child assigned to their Crew)
Place: Notre Dame College School; 64 Smith St, Welland
Open to: Children currently going into Grade 1 to 7.
Cost: FREE -- With donations to the St. Kevin’s Food Bank
For safety, everyone must wear closed shoes, eg. running shoes as games are

Tap here for pdf registration form

Donations needed for Vacation Bible School tap here for 2019 Wish List


Special Activities


August - Vacation Bible School – A week long themed program where children from Grades one to 6 are invited to join us to deepen and improve their relationship with God, family, and friends.  We do so with fun crafts, engaging games, skits, music, discussion session and healthy snacks.

OctoberAutumn Hike for all ages at St. John’s conservation area.  Seek & Find Prize, Prayer Service and Fellowship with Hot Chocolate and sweets.