VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CURRICULA
Clean Water for All God’s Children---www.livingwatersfortheworld.org
Day 1—Creation (Genesis 1)
Day 2—Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14)
Day 3—Healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5)
Day 4—Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3)
Day 5—Women at the Well (John 4)
Living Waters for the World is the mission project of the Synod of Living Waters. Believing Jesus Christ to be living water for our bodies and soul, we are called to help people of the world who need pure drinking water.
No Friend Like Jesus—Get Connected
Day 1—Looking Good (Genesis 1: 26-31)-God created humankind
Day 2—What’s Your Profile? (Psalm 139:14)-I am wonderfully made
Day 3—What’s Your Update? (Psalm 139:23)—Search me, O God
Day 4—BFF (Luke 5:20)- Your sins are forgiven
Day 5—Send a Message (Proverbs 17:17) – A friend love at all times.
Each day has the following materials: Worship Video, Black Tech Connection (people who wok in technology), AppDap, Cyber Diner, Crafts, Music and Movement, Heritage/Drama, Text/Outreach
Rainforest Adventure ---www.thevbsplace.org
Day 1—We Share (Ruth 2:1-17, Gal 6:6)—Boaz shares with Ruth
Day 2—We Give (2 Kings 4:42-44, Romans 12:8) Elisha gives food
Day 3—We Grow (Mark 4:30-32, Phil 1:24) Parable of Mustard Seed
Day 4—We Love (John 15: 1-5, 7-17, 1 John 4:19) Jesus the Vine
Day 5—We Praise (Mark 11: 1-10, Psalm 35:18) Jesus enters Jerusalem
Learning Areas: Canopy Crafts, Green Tree Games, Rainforest Rhythm, Sky High Storytelling, Living Vine Science. There are also materials for both opening and closing worship.
Day 1—Trek to the Promised Land –(Joshua 1:1-11, 3:1-4, 18)
Day 2—Trek to Bethlehem (Matthew 2: 1-12)
Day 3—Trek to Pharisee’s House (Luke 14:7-14)
Day 4—Trek to Upper Room (John 14, 16-18)
Day 5—Trek to Galilee (Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20)
Learning Centers include Discovery Time, Mission, Crafts, Recreation, Music
What are your memories of VBS? Has this been an important event for you in your childhood? Has this been an important event for you as an adult?
What do you get from VBS? What do you give through VBS?
Think creatively about time and setting:
1 whole day
Several Saturdays in a row
Wednesday evenings during summer
5 mornings—5 evenings
You don’t have to do this alone—invite other churches to be a part
Ask for help from the presbytery
Parks, playgrounds, etc
Volunteers: Very few people walk forward from a blanket statement, “We need leaders for VBS.”
Look now for people who have a heart for children
Look now for people who are called to ministry
Help people understand that this is a ministry to the children of your church and community
Is this a way you can touch the lives of people in your community?
Follow up after VBS???
Saturday event—Children’s Roadshow
Wednesday evening party
Sleep over—late night camp
Who among you would be willing to help other churches?
Decorating: It is important to set the scene but do not expend all your energy decorating and not have time or energy to interact with h children. The curricula are only suggestions the most important things that happen are the relationships that are built with adults and among the children.
This is a new, extensive resource from the Office of Church Growth which helps church Sessions and other church leaders discern how God is calling them to live as faithful disciples.
It is a three module—prepare, engage, and send—discernment process. The prepare module helps Sessions and churches determine what ideas and strategies need to be ended so that the church can move forward in being the church God has called it to be in this place at this time. The engage module helps identify opportunities for mission and create a workable plan for meeting these opportunities. The send module proposes a covenant and a check list of items that are needed for the opportunities to be successful mission strategies.
New DVDs from Church Mutual Insurance are available from the Presbytery Resource Center. New titles include: Child Sexual Abuse, Improving Safety in Your Worship Center, Crime Proof Your Worship Center, Preventing Workplace Injuries, Fire Safety, Avoiding Employment Law Pitfalls, The Road to Safer Transportation.
These are 12-15 minute DVDs designed to help Sessions and Committees responsible for these issues to confront a variety of issues facing Churches in the contemporary world.
These DVDs are available from the Resource Center but may also be ordered from Church Mutual Insurance free. Their phone number is 1-800-554-2642. Their website is www.churchmutual.com.