Jesus is the Light of Life was the theme of our first LoL Club summer bible program for children ages 4-12 held on July 23rd through the 27th at our convent in Dartmouth. We hosted 18 children from the New Bedford and Fall River parishes, with the capable support of three teen helpers and three young adult assistants. Father Jack Morrison, pastor of Our Lady of Purgatory, New Bedford came each day to speak with the children about the Maronite faith and join in the fun activities and games. On the final day, Father Jack offered Divine Liturgy for the children, parents and LoL team leaders. The Liturgy was followed by entertainment by the LoL Club members, a pot-luck cookout and more games for the children.
Our dynamic program focused on teaching the children the virtues of love, trust, courage, patience and perseverance. To help the children to grow in these virtues we showed them selected DVD bible stories, crafts, skits, Bible activities, singing, dancing, and catechesis focused on the Maronite Liturgy and traditions.
The LoL Club children had a great time and the parents were very pleased to see them learning with the help of the Sisters.