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Weird Animals

posted May 7, 2014, 3:02 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 28, 2014, 9:22 AM ]
This year's Vacation Bible School is called Weird Animals, and by weird we mean “unique”, “wonderful”, and “one-of-a-kind”; where kids can experience the extraordinary love of Jesus! And while it's advertised as “Totally Catholic”, be aware that musically, it's also TOTALLY LIVE!

Last year, kids had a ball and didn't miss a beat as they sang and danced to contemporary versions of hymns like Soon and Very Soon. They also played hand percussion and handbells; accompanied by a live band of drums, keyboard and guitars!

This year, in keeping with the theme, we'll explore a new arrangement of All Creatures of Our God and King. Did you know St. Francis of Assisi wrote this hymn in 1225 as the poem Canticle of the Sun? In addition to animals and nature, he loved music. He encouraged singing in his monastery and wrote more than sixty hymns! An English rector translated it in the early 1900's, and set it to a German Easter tune first published in 1623 called LASST UNS ERFEUEN. It's one of the oldest hymns we sing!

And we'll sing Jesus Loves Me. This hymn also started as a poem, by Anna Bartlett Warner, first appearing in her sister's 1860 novel Say and Seal. It was set to music in 1862 and sung by missionaries around the world, becoming one of the most popular Christian hymns. And not only did Whitney Houston sing it in The Bodyguard, one night she sang an impromptu version of it with R&B singer-songwriter Kelly Price, which turned out to be her last public performance.

So register now for Weird Animals, which happens July 7th - 11th and July 14th – 18th. For more information, email S. Mary Ann at ihmsma@ihmbrooklyn.org.