2014, Here We Come!

Discovering what our next VBS is going to be is one of my favorite activities as a member of the VBS Team. I have no doubt that God directs our path as this decision is made each year. I send a big shout-out to our terrific VBS 2014 Think Tank participants! After a lot of dreaming, discussing, and praying, we have our general idea (and I love it!). Now, we are working on what the exact title should be and looking at Bible content possibilities. I’m very excited about the theme! I think you’ll love it!

Please pray for our LifeWay VBS Team as we begin to dream what this should look like and what God would have us bring to children, youth, and adults in 2014.

We are enjoying a holiday, and hope that you are as well. (At least I hope all my team members are able to be off today, enjoying time with family and friends or perhaps a little downtime for themselves!) We look forward to seeing many of you in January and February!

VBS and Trail Mix

It’s National Trail Mix Day and what goes better with trail mix than VBS? So in honor of National Trail Mix Day, I went back and dusted off the archives to find the names of all the VBS trail mix recipes since our major redesign in 1997! So take a stroll done memory lane, (or should I say down the VBS Trail?) and let us know which trail mix was your favorite.

1997 Wild and Wonderful Good New Stampede– Locust-and-Honey Trail Mix

1998 StarQuest– Power Corn

1999 Mt. Extreme– S’more Mountain Mix

2000 Ocean Odyssey– Fish Food

2001 Truth Trackers– Camel Fodder

2002 Amazon Outfitters– Recycled Trash Snack Mix

2003 Kingdom Caper– Hot-on-the-Trail Mix

2004 Rickshaw Rally– Crunch for the Course

2005 Ramblin’ Road Trip– Park Trail Mix

2006 Arctic Edge– Caribou Crunch

2007 Game Day Central– Half-time Cheese Mix

2008 Outrigger Island– Tropical Trail Treat

2009 Boomerang Express– Koala Krunch and Coral Reef Mix

2010 Saddle Ridge Ranch– Horse Feed

2011 Big Apple Adventure– Zoo Mix

2012 Amazing Wonders Aviation– Matterhorn Mix, Paricutin Volcano Mix, and Great Barrier Reef Mix

And here’s a sneak peek at 2013 Colossal Coaster World– Tilt-a-Whirl Fun Mix

 

 

VBS 2013 on Pinterest!

It’s never too early to start planning, right? If you’re itching to get a jump on VBS 2013, check out our Colossal Coaster World board on the LifeWay Kids Pinterest site. There are already lots of great ideas. Here are some of my favorites…

What a cute hot dog cart! I wish I’d had this for Big Apple Advenure!Source: goscoutcreative.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

This is the same technique we used to create an “Enter” sign for Coaster Alley (Bible study) in our decorations. Fun!

Source: ohhappyday.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

A perfect roller coaster experience for younger preschoolers!

Source: ikea.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

What ideas have you come up with?  If you’re on Pinterest, leave us a link to your VBS 2013 board in the comment section!

On Today’s Agenda . . .

As a member of the VBS Team, I get this question a lot: “You mean you have stuff to do all year?” Yes, yes, and yes! I was at the dentist office recently and the receptionist said to me, “Now that VBS is over, I guess your work has slowed down.” Au contraire, mon ami! We are in the crunch of trying to get 2013 ready and to the printer, and beginning development of 2014, all while churches are wrapping up and evaluating VBS 2012!

I keep a set of index cards, one product per card, and I write on each card what steps have been completed so I can keep up! Here’s my current rundown. . . .

1) Worship Rally DVD

• THE DRAMA: Working with the video editor on a daily basis right now; got approval from my management team on the content and overall appearance just a couple of days ago. Waiting for the editor to make final tweaks and send me an approval copy.

• THE CHOREOGRAPHY: Performance segments have been approved. Viewed the instruction segments over the weekend, and three corrections need to be made. I’m waiting to see those ASAP.

• ABC segment: Video editor #2 is working on that now. It’s due to me any minute for my approval.

• Still waiting to see “Scenic Footage” segment and the “Video Trailer.”

• I’ve created the DVD menu and just sent it to the DVD author.

2) Music Rotation Leader Guide

• Received a final approval copy from the graphic designer. This is being routed through our production editor and editorial project leader first, then will come back to me with any needed corrections marked.

3) Club VBS: Jungle Jaunt DVD

• This is due to me from the DVD author today. If everything looks OK, it will go on to the duplicator.

4) Spanish VBS Choreography DVD

• Talent enlisted. Waiting to receive Spanish recording and typeset music to send to her so she can create the choreography. (It has to be different because many of the words differ from the English versions!)

There are more products on my list, but this is probably more info than you care to read already! I will say, though, that everyone on my team feels fortunate to be able to work on VBS products. So, next time you’re wondering—yes, we have enough to do all year (and we are thankful for that)!

Foto Friday…I’m here!

Where’s Keith? Here I am! Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while but it’s been a bit crazy, busy and hairy with the deadlines.

Okay, maybe all the hairiness is from the gorilla suit I’ve been wearing! :D

But honestly, I have been working!

So what have I been working on? I’m glad you asked!

This week, I’ve been working on the VBX 2013 Preteen Leader Pack. I love working on the VBX material! It’s always jammed packed with visuals. Here’s shot of the cover.

One of the other items I have been working on is the VBS 2013 Supersized Coaster Backdrop. This backdrop really excites me! Take a look at it and see if you can see why I love this one SO much.

Bucket rides? Nope, that’s not it! But I do love the bucket rides. Such a fun way to get from one side of the park to the other side and relax while you are doing it.

Roller coasters? Getting closer! It does have something to do with the roller coasters! Take a look at the next photo.

Check it out! You can connect multiple Supersized Coaster Backdrops and make one COLOSSAL Coaster backdrop! :D

It’s back to work now! Have a great weekend and God bless!