VBS enthusiasts gather for training
The bright sunshine outside mirrored the enthusiasm inside during the KNCSB Vacation Bible School Jumpstart Clinic. More than 200 people attended the training event held Saturday, March 3, at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
LifeWay Christian Resources compiles statistics from VBS reports sent by Southern Baptist churches. Among the findings are:
- Vacation Bible School is the most important outreach event for many churches.
- About 25 percent of baptisms in the SBC are the result of Vacation Bible School.
- More people have come to know Jesus as Savior through VBS than any other single outreach event.
The KNCSB clinic focused on “Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power. This is the main 2012 VBS curriculum published by LifeWay.
VBS participants will take off each day from the “Amazing Wonders Aviation” airstrip and visit some of God’s marvelous creations:
- Victoria Falls
- Northern Lights
- Parícutin Volcano in Mexico
- Great Barrier Reef
- Grand Canyon
- The Matterhorn
The theme is taken from Psalm 147:5: “Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite” (HCSB). “Awesome God! Amazing Power!” is the motto.
The rotations will be:
- Bible Study at Victoria Falls in Africa.
- Missions under the Northern Lights
- Snacks at Parícutin Volcano in Mexico. This is the youngest volcano in North America and is considered a natural wonder because mankind witnessed its birth.
- Crafts at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia
- Recreation at the Grand Canyon in Arizona
- Music at the Matterhorn in Switzerland
Daily content for children is:
Day 1: “Amazing! God’s Power over Nature”
Bible story: “The River Stood Still” (Joshua 3-4)
Life application: “I can recognize that God has power over all things.”
Bible verse: Jeremiah 32:17
Day 2: “Amazing! God’s Power over Circumstances”
Bible story: “The Lions’ Mouths Were Shut” (Daniel 6:1-23)
Life application: “I can trust that God is in control, no matter what happens.”
Bible verse: Daniel 2:20
Day 3: “Amazing! God’s Power over Sin”
Bible story: God Sent Jesus (Luke 2:21-38; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Life application: “I can believe that God sent Jesus, and I can accept God’s gift of forgiveness.”
Bible verse: Romans 6:23
Day 4: “Amazing! God’s Power over Death”
Bible story: “Jesus is Alive” (John 19:31-20:20)
Life application: “I can celebrate that Jesus is alive!”
Bible verse: Romans 5:8
Day 5: “Amazing! God’s Power over My Life”
Bible story: “The Apostles Took Action” (Acts 5:12-42)
Life application: “I can rely on God’s power to do what He wants me to do.”
Bible verse: 2 Peter 1:3
Club VBS is LifeWay’s second line of VBS curriculum. It offers a two-hour schedule for five days or a one-hour schedule for 10 days. Club VBS is ideal for use by smaller churches or in mission settings.
“Space Quest,” based on John 14:6, is the 2012 Club VBS theme. Each day is called a “Mission Briefing:”
Mission Briefing 1: “Mission Celebration”
Bible story: “The People Celebrate Jesus” (Matthew 21:1-17)
Life application: “I can celebrate and worship Jesus.”
Bible verse: Matthew 21:9
Mission Briefing 2: “Mission Preparation”
Bible story: “A Woman Shows Love to Jesus” (Mark 14:1-9)
Life application: “I can give my best to Jesus.”
Bible verse: Matthew 22:37-38
Mission Briefing 3: “Mission Briefing”
Bible story: “Jesus Accepts His Mission” (Mark 4:17-26, 32-42)
Life application: “I can choose to do what God wants me to do.”
Bible verse: John 8:12
Mission Briefing 4: “Mission Accomplished”
Bible story: “Jesus is Alive” (Matthew 27:33-40,50,57-66; 28:1-10)
Life application: “I can accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord.”
Bible verse: Matthew 28:5-6
Mission Briefing 5: “The Mission Continues”
Bible story: “Jesus Gives His Disciples a Mission” (John 21:1-19)
Life application: “I can tell others about Jesus.”
Bible verse: Matthew 28:19-20
LifeWay also offers “E-Anytime, Anywhere,” a series of Bible lessons for preschoolers and children. It offers great flexibility for use in both church and mission settings. Lessons may be downloaded from the LifeWay Web site for $4.95 per lesson. Each lesson includes:
- A Bible story with key verses
- Teaching tips
- Activities that use easy-to-find resources
- A “Fun Page” that can be used during the session or as a take-home page
- Preschool sessions