Foto Friday!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday!  I love Fridays, but I also really love Mondays because I usually return to work and open an inbox full of pictures and stories from YOU about your week of VBS!  Please continue to share those!  I never tire of being reminded of how God uses the ministry of Vacation Bible School to bring others to Himself.  Here are a few of this week’s pictures!

This plane is sitting outside New Life Assembly of God in Landisburg, PA. Their VBS was this week- July 23-27th. The photo was submitted us by Lisa Moyer who said the plane attracted lots of attention!

Water of Life Community Church in Fontana California built a two level spotting tower next to their hanger with a 1/3 scale Electra-10 (Amelia Earhart’s Plane) flying over the first few rows.

Make sure you click to view the full-size version of this photo. It was sent to us by Julie Monroe from Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. “We chose to decorate our Worship Rally a little bit differently; we re-created 5 of the 6 wonders for our Main Stage! My mother Carol and I spent the past 6 months working on the wonders and it was AMAZING FUN!”

This Worship Rally Hangar photo was sent to us by Amy Dillard of Union #3 Baptist Church in Ball Play, AL.

This is one of my favorite pictures! Anderson Bond has taken his VBS airplane to 5 different churches to excite hundreds of kids about Amazing Wonders Aviation Vacation Bible School!

Here’s an Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS setup from Richmond Hill Baptist Church in Boonville, NC. They had a total enrollment of around 180 with an average attendance of 140. Not pictured, they used an actual wooden propeller of a crashed plane to get kids excited as they enter the Worship Rally Hangar!

This photo was sent to us from Chris Crosswhite at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Newcastle, OK. The hangar was hand painted by a wonderful lady at the church and in the lower left corner, she even included snoopy and his house.  The propeller on the plane rotated, and the plane and the air traffic control tower were used for puppets of Bill Rogers and Amelia Erhart!

Wild things can happen when you say Yes to VBS! Jason McNair and Geek of the Week Debbie Chidester got “sundae’d” as part of Family Night at First Baptist Church of West Valley City. Congratulations, kids, for bringing in a combined weight of over 80 lbs of pennies and over 800 items for missionaries in Alaska!

If you’d like to share your VBS photos and stories, feel free to post them to our Facebook page, or send them to me in an email at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog!

VBS at My Church

What an exciting week we had experiencing Amazing Wonders Aviation at my church— Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN! When we entered the sanctuary, it looked like an airplane had come straight through the ceiling and was just hanging there! Great way to kick off the aviation feel each day. Our average daily attendance was 1,846 (1,380 kids plus 466 volunteers)!

I taught in one of nine kindergarten classes. We usually had 22 kids and six workers in our “Kindergarten G” group! (“Go G-fliers!”) Three of our helpers were teenagers who did not take on leadership roles, but assisted the three adult teachers. That was a great help! For many of the senior high students this VBS is “training” for those who will travel to Chicago to conduct VBS there.

Our church provided a training event called “VBS University” where all volunteers had an opportunity to receive age-group or rotation group training prior to VBS. Our leadership also provided enrichment sessions such as “Leading a Child to Christ,” “Using Teens Effectively as Volunteers” or “Guiding Behavior.”  It was a great time to get folks excited and prepared for VBS.

This is not the only VBS that happens—it’s just the first. The materials are reused to conduct six other VBS events in downtown Nashville, Chicago, Georgia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Israel.  The missions offering taken during VBS goes to help support the ministry of these other mission VBS events.

Most importantly, 52 children made professions of faith this week. We expect that many other lives were influenced and changed, and that we will continue to see children ADMIT, BELIEVE, and CONFESS.

Flash-Mob…VBS Style!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to promote VBS? We received this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G video from Geek of the Week Melissa Lasseter at Miami Shore Baptist Church.  They orchestrated this huge flash-mob promoting Amazing Wonders Aviation.  They performed at The Village of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL on June 2, 2012.

To share your stories about promoting VBS, email me at katie.decillo@lifeway.com!

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Foto Friday!

Those picture are still rolling in!  I love getting emails with pictures and seeing things post to our Facebook wall!  As always, please keep sending them to me!  I would really love to see some Space Quest pictures, as well!  I know there are plenty of you out there who used that material– let’s see your “out of this world” decorations!

 

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Alan Summers shared this photo with us. “We had a great time creating our 32 foot wide wingspan airplane for this years VBS. The plane has now been borrowed by 3 other churches in our area. We are already planning our working roller coaster and ferris wheel for next year!”

This photo was shared by Pamela Lo Uroza from Methodist Church, Jo Jutla Morelos, Mexico! What a great looking crew!

Here’s another great looking plane shared with us via Facebook from Kari Abott Oglesby at First Baptist Church, Morris, Oklahoma!

Here’s a really cute Great Barrier Reef shared with us by Jennifer Young via Facebook. I absolutely love those polka-dotted octopi!

Renee Kelley shared her picture from Space Quest!”We were on a very tight budget, and this was our first year ever running a VBS program (our church is about 3 yrs old). The astronaut had a head cut-out for the kids to have photos taken. Rockford, Illinois!”

Tamie Stohlman- Konz from First Baptist Church of Brownsvill, CA. shared a few photos with us from her first experience decorating for VBS! I think she did a great job!

Sandra Brooks shared this photo of their worship rally hangar! “We are having a wonderful “Amazing Wonders” VBS at Union Baptist Church in Hull, GA this week.”

Deana Goss Martin shared this super cute picture of her Kindergarten Bible Study at Victoria Falls! “VBS 2012 at Eastside Baptist Church Elk City, OK.” She found the idea for the rainbow on Pinterest!

Marian Parson shared this photo of a beautiful worship rally hangar with us via Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep sharing your photos!  Feel free to post them to our Facebook wall or email them to me at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog!

YOUR VBS Stories!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to share some of your wonderful VBS stories.  Here are LifeWay headquarters, we are constantly encouraged when we hear stories of how God is using His people and the ministry of Vacation Bible School to make the name of Jesus famous all over the world!  No doubt, you are encouraged by those kids of stories, as well.  Please continue to share them with us as your church wraps up VBS 2012!

Sandy Harkins, FBC Canton, TX:

Our VBS was last week, June 11-15. We had 215 children registered for our “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. The children loved Worship Rally time. We averaged 182 children. Our high attendance was on Wednesday with 195! We had 23 professions of faith! What a wonderful week we experienced. This was the largest attendance for VBS in about 5 years!!

Peggy Banks, Chester, SC:

God showed up and showed out at our VBS in Chester SC at New Life Baptist Church Chester SC. We are a very small church but averaged 30 a night. Awesome God! Amazing power! We have gotten one family that has been to our Sunday service for the past two weeks since VBS. Praise God! If only one it is worth it all. God is so Good and I love Lifeway material. Thanks for being obedient to God’s calling and for listening when He speaks. Praise God form Whom ALL blessings flow!

Jessica Vass:

Our VBS was last week. I helped my mom teach the 10-11′s and I taught Missions. We had an awesome week with an average 107 attendance. On Wednesday night, we had one girl get saved! That same girl brought her friend with her Thursday and Friday. Her friend got saved Friday night! God is so good!! We could tell a big difference in the two boys that got saved last year. God is really working.

Leslie Johnstone, Holly Springs Baptist Church- Garrison TX:

VBS was beyond AMAZING!!! We averaged between 100-115 each night and had tons of workers helping. We did ours at night from 5:30-8:30 and started it with a Family Fun Night on Saturday. This helped with getting kids registered early. We had VBS for the kids who finished Kinder-3rd grade and we did VBX for the kids who finished 4th-6th. THAT WAS AWESOME!!

The VBX kids loved owning their own area, playing different games, and doing different crafts that were more age appropriate for them. In fact, we tied Missions into Crafts for VBX. They painted canvases that were put into a silent auction on the Sunday following VBS. It raised over $1000 for our missionary in Africa!!! I couldn’t believe it! God is so good!

But the best part was night 4- The salvation message where we had over 20 kids either check on their Response Card that they had questions or were ready to ask Jesus into their heart. We put a counseling team together and talked to those kids throughout the last evening and I was able to see 14 kids accept Jesus into their hearts!!!! Awesome!!!!!! God is so good!!!!

 

Foto Friday!

Can you believe it’s Friday again already?  I just keep getting so many great pictures from you guys!  I love it!  Here’s this week’s VBS 2012 photo roundup!  Make sure to continue to share them with me so I can share them here on our blog with everyone else!  It’s so much fun to see all the creative ideas you guys come up with for making your church’s VBS unique and special!

An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G worship rally hangar shared with us by Delores Frymire Lund via Facebook. “Once again Bro. Kevin out did himself. Wonder what will come next year with Colossal Coaster World as the theme. Roller coaster in the Sanctuary maybe???” We sure hope so, Delores!!

Ken Webb from Crosspointe Baptist Church in Concord, NC shared this picture of the airplane they built inside their worship area! Way to think outside the box!

Here’s another view from inside the “plane” at Crosspoint Baptist Church in Concord, NC. Photo courtesy Ken Webb.

Laura Garvin shared this photo from First Baptist Church Garden Lakes! They had lots of awesome decorations this year!

Becky Pruitt, VBS Director at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church shared this quick scene with us!

Keep sharing your photos!  Feel free to post them to our Facebook wall or email them to me at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog!

Foto Friday!

Last week, I asked you to send in pictures to be featured on our blog, and boy did you ever!  Thanks so much for sharing, and please continue to share all your creative and wonderful VBS decorations with me!  As your church completes VBS, won’t you continue to share your stories and photos?  I love seeing all the different takes on VBS sets!

Great Barrier Reef at Eternal Faith Baptist Church in Manor, TX.  Shared by Kathy Hitzfelder who made the whole thing!

Worship Rally Hangar at FBC Selma, Selma, AL. The propeller of their plane is an old wooden one that a church member saved because it belonged to his grandfather who flew planes. It’s worth upwards of $10,000 today! AMAZING!

Worship Rally at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church in Hickory, NC

Worship Rally Hangar- Gapway Baptist Church, Mullins SC

Great Barrier Reef shared by Laura Mullins!

Great Barrier Reef shared by Laura Garvin!

Worship Rally Hangar shared by Stephanie Lane Abernathy. “We used foam gliders from the Dollar Tree to hang from the ceiling, we painted them all with different designs and hung about 30 or so!”

To share your VBS photos, email them to katie.decillo@lifeway.com or post them to our Facebook page! Make sure to include the name of your church with your post!