Free VBS printables, Bible coloring pages, Christian crafts, Catholic activities

A very popular summer activity is VBS, or Vacation Bible School. Almost every local church sponsers a week-long Vacation Bible School. And don't let the term 'school' intimidate. Most VBS programs are fun-filled, hands-on and activity based. Here are free printable Vacation Bible School crafts, lesson plans, games and Bible activities. These general Bible crafts are suitable for Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Old Testament activities would work for Jewish families.Free Vacation Bible School printables, Bible coloring pages, Christian crafts


Catholic Stations of the Cross prayer garden: Stepping stone path prayer garden

Praying the Stations of the Cross is an essential Catholic spiritual exercise during Lent. Churches display the 12 to 15 stations representing Jesus's via dolorosa (way of sorrows) to Golgotha. Each station is a grotto, depicting Biblical passages of Christ's journey to Calvary. Stations may be mosaics, bas-relief, paintings, plaster dioramas, carvings or sculptures. Some are outdoor statuary. Here's a Stations of the Cross prayer garden tutorial for your home. Design an outdoor grotto of cement stepping stones each representing a different station.Catholic Stations of the Cross prayer garden: Stepping stone path prayer garden - Grand Rapids Holidays |


Free printable Mother's Day greeting cards, color your own cards for mom

Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, on May 10 in 2015. Looking for crafts to make with children for Mother's Day? Here are free printable Mother's Day cards that kids can color themselves and give to mom. Children free proud when they can make things for mom. Use for party decorations, placemats and school projects, too. Free printable Mother's Day cards, coloring pages, crafts, printables for mom

Catholic Holy Week activities for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil (or Holy Saturday) represents the most sacred days in the Catholic liturgical calendar. I was a homeschool mom in the early 1990s, before the Internet. I made all our curriculum. During Lent, we counted down to Easter with Lenten crafts, lesson plans and activities.Catholic Holy Week activities for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Triduum - Grand Rapids Holidays |


Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day activitites

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. Many people think the holiday is about green beer, shamrocks and leprechauns. But that 's just commercial hype. The real Saint Patrick was a Catholic Roman Britain taken as a slave by Irish raiders. Patrick later returned as a missionary to convert Druidic Ireland. Here are St. Patrick's Day lesson plans, crafts and activities to explore the saint behind the legend and the religious beyond the secular.Saint Patrick printables, free printable Catholic St. Patrick's Day crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays |


Free Catholic Lenten printables, Bible, Stations of the Cross and rosary coloring pages

The Catholic church enters the Lenten season of preparation before Easter. For Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Easter is about more than just bunnies and candy. Easter celebrates the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Christians ready themselves for Jesus's coming with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The date of Ash Wednesday changes each year as Easter is a "movable feast." In 2015, Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18.Here are free printable Stations of the Cross, rosary, saints and Easter Bible story coloring pages.  Free Catholic Lent printables, Lenten Stations of the Cross coloring pages 

Free Catholic Bible printables, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week coloring pages

Catholics celebrate several special religious days, referred to as holy days of obligation. These days center around a Bible event in the life of Jesus or His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. Holy Days are All Saints Day (Nov. 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Christmas (preceded by the holy season of Advent), Solemnity of Mary (Jan 1), Ash Wednesday (movable feast which kicks of the holy season of Lent and leads up to Easter), Ascension Thursday (movable feast) and the Assumption of Mary (August 15). Here are free printable Catholic coloring pages featuring Bible stories. prayer, sacraments, mass, Gospel, saints, Lent, Advent, holidays and holy days, life of Jesus, Catholic saints' feast days, rosary and stations of the cross.  Free Catholic Bible printables, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week coloring pages 

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