I’m in sunny (well actually it is beginning to rain) San Diego, telling guests at the International Network of Children’s Ministry Children’s Pastor Conference how to take traditional VBS out of the church building and into the community.
We have been having great conversations, and enthusiasm is mounting around LifeWay’s new Backyard Kids Club resource.
If you are at CPC this week, I’d love for you to stop by the LifeWay booth and let me personally introduce you to this exciting new resource.
If you are unable to stop by, never fear! You too can explore Backyard Kids Club resource at LifeWay.com/vbs.
Last week we headed over the river and through the woods to North Carolina for VBS 2013 Preview Number 1. Today we are headed to Cowtown (Fort Worth, Texas) for Preview Number 2! Looking forward to seeing all our friends from out west.
If you haven’t already registered there are just a few spots left so sign up today by clicking here!
The One we proclaim through VBS has come!
As I have told you before, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being privileged to hear and read the great stories and reports of churches witnessing and experiencing transformation through the ministry of VBS. Here is one such story:
“I have a wonderful report for FBC Winters (California) Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS this year! We had a total of 69 children attend AWA VBS in June, which we conducted as a 5-day, 3-hour evening program. The kids had a ton of fun, of course, but the most exciting news is that 20 children were saved during VBS this year. Praise The Lord!
My volunteer staff of 55 workers and I really enjoyed the aviation theme this year. We’ve all been flying high for Jesus ever since, along with plenty of the VBS kids. With prayer and staff evaluations guiding me, I decided to extend 2012 VBS with a weekly summer VBS program, held on Wednesday nights for eight weeks. The attendance of this ‘pilot’ project was also a success, with an average of 15-20 children attending each week.
This has lead to a new ministry at FBCW for elementary age children – Wacky Wednesdays! There has been a ton of support from the FBCW congregation to get Wacky Wednesdays up and flying. A unanimous vote at our church business meeting to approve this new ministry, hundreds of dollars in designaed donations, snacks provided by our church food closet, and a talented volunteer teaching staff have Wacky Wednesdays taking off! Now, every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30, the children of the Winters community have an opportunity to worship The Lord at an abbreviated VBS-style evening program. All because God’s good and faithful servants have once again come together to do His work.
FBC Winters LOVES VBS!
Julie, to you and the thousands of leaders (faithful servants) who make VBS possible – THANK YOU!
We are privileged at the LifeWay office in Nashville to have an employee cafe that is open for breakfast and lunch. The cafe is convenient (especially on rainy days), nutritious, competitively priced, and usually quick.
While the menu varies, most days are pretty much the same with a salad bar, pizza station, grill, and meat and vegetable station. It is good. It meets a need. It is safe and predictable.
But occasionally, on a day like today, it is Quiznos Day at the Cafe! Let the party begin!
On Quiznos Day you get to the cafe when they open the doors or else you stand in a line that snakes out the door and into the lobby. All it takes is one person to return to their office floor with a Quiznos sandwich and the word spreads. People shout the news down the hall. People talk about it in the elevator. People who never step foot in the cafe run with haste trying to be the first in line.
Is it that Quiznos is so much better than the daily fare? No, not really. It is just different and makes lunch seem a little more special.
Vacation Bible School is like (or at least can be like) Quizos Day. Most churches offer great Bible student 52 weeks of the year. It is not that the Bible stories and study offered during VBS are better than those offered each Sunday. They are just different and as a result seem just a little more special.
To all of you who love VBS like to make it special, a very Happy Quiznos Day!