VBS clinic helps train workers to reach kids

The bright sunshine outside mirrored the enthusiam inside as 150 people gathered Saturday, March, 28, for the KNCSB Vacation Bible School Jumpstart Clinic at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

Ken Beckner, the new KNCSB Bible teaching team leader, welcomed the crowd. He paid tribute to Marie Clark, who recently retired from that position. But Clark is not sitting back and relaxing—she taught a session on children and salvation at the clinic. She continues to serve with her husband, Bob, in planned giving for the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation.

Beckner also said that Debbie Carter, another member of the KNCSB Bible teaching team, will be retiring at the end of the year.

“VBS is an incredible, incredible ministry,” Paul Eardensohn told the crowd. “I thank you for being on the front lines of reaching kids for Christ.”

Eardensohn is manager of LifeWay Christian Store in Topeka. He set up a bookstore at the VBS clinic and also comes to many other KNCSB events.

Participants in Vacation Bible School 2015 will learn how to follow Jesus as their guide. “Journey off the Map—Unknown to Us, Known to Him” is the 2015 LifeWay Christian Resources VBS theme.

The Scripture is, “Whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you; ‘This is the way. Walk in it’.” Isaiah 30:21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“This is the way. Walk in it,” is the 2015 VBS motto.

Daily themes are:

Day 1:
Know Your Guide
Galatians 4:4-5, Luke 2:8-11, Matthew 4:23-25, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Today’s Point: Jesus is our Guide. Our journey begins with Him when we trust Jesus as our Savior.

Day 2:
Follow Your Guide
Daniel 1
Today’s Point: Daniel chose to obey God no matter what. God wants us to follow our Guide, Jesus.

Day 3:
Trust Your Guide
Daniel 3
Today’s Point: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted that God’s way was the best way regardless of their circumstances. Jesus wants us to trust Him, just as these three men trusted God.

Day 4:
Stay on Track
Daniel 6
Today’s Point: No matter what changed around Daniel, he kept his focus on God who never changes. Jesus wants us to focus on Him by daily following Him.

Day 5:
Keep Watching
Daniel 10:7-12; 12:13, John 14:1-4, Revelation 22:7
Today’s Point: Just like Daniel, our journey is part of a much bigger story. God gave Daniel a promise of things to come. God has promised to complete our journey with Him through His Son, Jesus.

Rotations are:

  • Worship rally—The Overlook
  • Bible study—Tangled Branch Tree House
  • Crafts—Shady Grove
  • Music—Rushing Waters
  • Missions—Boulder Bridge
  • Recreation—Rappelling Ravine
  • Snacks—Survival Springs
  • Backyard Kids Club

Backyard Kids Club
LifeWay Christian Resources is also offering Backyard Kids Club. This adapts “Journey Off the Map” to a format that can be used in missions setting. Read more

Zip for Kids
Another LifeWay resource for reaching children is Zip for Kids. It is can be customized for many different events. Find more information

E-Anytime Anywhere
E-Anytime Anywhere is downloadable curriculum that can be used in a variety of settings. Children’s and preschool lessons are available.

Participants in the VBS Jumpstart Clinic were urged to save the date for the 2016 event. It will be held Saturday, April 2, at WCC.