Foto Friday!

The summer is beginning to wind down, but that hasn’t slowed down the photo-sharing!  Many churches are still in the midst of VBS, so the pictures just keep coming!  Big church or little church, it’s really cool to see how God uses VBS in so many different ways to convey one simple message:  Jesus saves.  I’m so excited to share another round of VBS 2012 photos with you!

Fanny Grote shared these photos from East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA. They used VBS materials while on their mission trip to Jamaica! They reported 6 decisions for Christ from their VBS.

Another great photo from East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA who used VBS materials on their trip to Jamaica!

Sally Crank shared this photo from water day at Sparks Christian Fellowship in Sparks, NV. “Our Amazing Wonders week was July 9-12, 2012. We ended with 193 kids and 161 volunteers. It was an amazing week full of Gods awesome power!!! The kids had a ball, the volunteers went above and beyond. Cant wait until next year!! It is definitely my favorite week of the summer!!”

DezaRay shared this photo from New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. I thought it was so creative of them to decorate outside for recreation! How creative! “We had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G time decorating in and outside our church for VBS!”

Neal Cox shared this photo of an AWA plane at The Bible Temple in Coward SC. “The plane is made from insulation foam and covered with conact paper and is assembled like a giant balsa plane.”  Very cool!

Cathy Mattingly and Brenda Nelson, co-directors of VBS at West Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY shared that they included radio-controlled airplane flight simulator training with their Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS. WOW! Cathy said the kids had an absolute blast!!

Here’s another fun photo from Cathy and Brenda at West Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.  Love that propellor! 

Marsha Henderson from Bear Creek Baptist Church in Houston, TX shared this photo with us. “Here is our version of the Great Barrier Reef. We had such a great week with over 1000 kids. 100 kids accepted Christ as their Savior!!!! Can’t wait till next year!!!!”

Here’s a teaser for next week. I can’t wait to share all the photos from Church on the Queensway in Toronto Ontario, Canada– a church that does VBS REALLY BIG!

 

If you’d like to share your VBS photos and stores, 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.  Happy weekend!

VBS at Parkway Baptist Church

VBS is always fun at our small church and somewhat a bit challenging. For the last 9 years our church has been meeting in a local middle school. We usually run anywhere from 150-250  in Sunday worship. So that means space and volunteers can be somewhat limiting. But God is faithful and each year we have exactly what we need to host an amazing VBS experience for our community (we have babies through adult classes).

This year I led the fourth grade class using the AWA curriculum. It was amazing (no pun intended, just the best word to describe VBS). Each night attendance went up and more children were exposed to the gospel. Relationships where built and visitors attended worship the following Sunday.

One of the biggest blessing was seeing one of our youth who made a profession of faith during VBS be baptized in a nearby lake two weeks after VBS. We are looking forward to seeing the seeds that were planted come to fruition through God’s amazing power.

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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