VBS enthusiasts gather for training
Despite a winter storm brewing in the region, Vacation Bible School enthusiasts gathered Saturday, March 1, for the annual KNCSB VBS Jumpstart Clinic.
Clinic participants received training and inspiration to help them prepare for what can be a church’s most important outreach event.
“Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend” is the theme of the 2014 main Vacation Bible School curriculum from LifeWay Christian Resources.
It will help children “discover, decide, and defend the truth about Jesus,” the LifeWay Web site says.
The theme verse is “But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15) (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
“This is the first VBS we’ve had with an apologetics theme,” Jerry Wooley, LifeWay VBS specialist, told Baptist Press. “Kids not only need to know the Bible is true and that Jesus is God’s one and only Son, but they need to know how to defend what they believe when someone asks them why they believe it.”
Daily content for children and special needs is:
Day 1: Is Jesus Really God’s Son?
Evidence: An Eyewitness Report (Matthew 3:13-17; John 1:29-36)
Christ Connection: Isaiah 42:1 points to Jesus as God’s Son whom God would send to provide salvation for His people.
Summary: Kids can know evidence proves that Jesus is God’s Son.
Day 2: Was Jesus More Than Just a Good Man?
Evidence: Background Check (Mark 6:1-6, 30-56)
Christ Connection: Jesus told people in Luke 4:16-21 that He was the Messiah referenced in Isaiah 61:1-2.
Summary: Kids can know evidence proves that Jesus was more than just a good man.
Day 3: Was Jesus’ Death Real?
Evidence: Death Confirmed (Mark 14:22-28; 15:22-47)
Christ Connection: As foretold in Isaiah 53:2-6, God’s plan for Jesus included Jesus’ death and resurrection to provide forgiveness of sin.
Summary: Kids can know evidence proves that Jesus’ death was real.
Day 4: Is Jesus Alive?
Evidence: Physical Proof (Luke 24:1-48)
Christ Connection: Just as David prophesied in Psalm 16:10 and Peter testified in Acts 2:31, God raised Jesus from the dead.
Summary: Kids can know evidence proves that Jesus is alive.
Day 5: What Do I Do with the Evidence about Jesus?
Evidence: Summing Up the Evidence (Acts 2:14-42; 1 Peter 3:15)
Christ Connection: David declared (Psalm 22:31) and Peter preached (Acts 2:39) that those present and generations yet to come would hear about the righteousness of Christ and what He has done.
Summary: Kids can use the evidence about Jesus to defend their faith.
Backyard Kids Club
Lifeway also is offering the VBS 2014 Backyard Kids Club for reaching children in a mission setting. It is based on Agency D3. Each kit offers:
- Host Folder: with information to guide you through promotion, registration, safety and security, plus snack ideas
- Music Folder: provides ideas for opening and closing worship and music times
- Children’s Bible Study Folder: provides five 30-minute Bible study sessions for grades 1-6; based on the Agency D3 VBS content
- Preschool Bible Study Folder: provides five 30-minute Bible study sessions for ages 3-kindergarten
- Crafts Folder: provides one grade-school craft idea and one preschool craft idea per day
- Recreation Cards for both grade school and preschool recreation
The kit also offers: Music for Kids CD; Music for Preschoolers CD; DVD with choreography instructions and demos; teaching pictures; window sign for promotion; and VBS 2014 string flags.
Zip for Kids
LifeWay also is offering a new curriculum called “Zip for Kids” for preschoolers through sixth grade. It offers a flexible format and can be used in a variety of settings.
“Zip Essentials” include:
- Basic administration helps
- Tools for large- and small-group Bible studies
- Up to 10 Bible study sessions
- Sample schedule
- Daily Bible story videos
“Zip Media” offers additional tools including:
- Zip music on CD
- Bible story and application videos
- Countdowns and bumpers
- Song lyrics
“Zip Tracks” consists of tools to customize an outreach event for children in your community. It includes three main categories. Each offers five tracks from which to choose, plus a community service oriented track called “Live It.”
Play It: Soccer, Basketball, Outdoor Games, Messy Games, Indoor Games, Customized Play It Track
Perform It: Drama, Percussion, Musical Performance, Cheer, Sign Language, Customized Perform It Track
Create It: Kitchen Concoctions, Duct Tape Creations, Art Works, Discovery Lab, Construction Zone, Customized Create It Track
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