VBS Geek of the Week


This week’s Geek of the Week is Dawn Tolliver from First Baptist Church in Galveston, TX.

1. What is your role in VBS? I was the Assistant director/3-4-5-6 grades teacher in 2013. I have been in every position possible at some point or other. I was also on the decorating committee for the “Food” sections.

2. What was your “geekiest” moment?” We went up and down the stairs shouting at the top of our lungs.. facing fear/trusting god and we won the flag for the day and there were only five of us! Then we went outside and had snow cones and everyone had blue tongues from the cotton candy flavored cones.

3. What has been your favorite VBS theme? I have to say I loved the colossal coaster world theme. My Husband and I are professional balloon decorators on the side and we loved making our very own coaster out of balloons and used the inflatable cars to  ride the ride. Our room was the best according to the kids. We may be small but we are mighty.

4. What makes you keep doing VBS? The message of VBS is what makes it worth all the “Fun” beforehand. We get to show the folks who might not come, how wonderful serving Christ is. We show the friends of our kids why Jesus is so wonderful and then we capture their imaginations and let them fly with the knowledge, that no matter how tough things may seem on the outside we are here for them and we have a safe place inside. Reaching those lost souls and reenergizing our found souls is what it is all about. And they can understand they are not alone. Jesus is Worldwide!



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VBS – taking it to the yard

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.

Spanish VBS Choreography!

Did you know we provide a choreography DVD for our Spanish customers? We began producing a Spanish choreography video for VBS 2010: Saddle Ridge Ranch. I’m so thankful to Angel Ortiz and Elizabeth Works, fellow LifeWay employees, who always are on set to interpret! Otherwise, I would have no idea what’s being said! It gets comical at times.

Constanza, our terrific on-camera host, listens to the English music and watches the choreography DVD. Then, she learns the Spanish songs and alters the choreography as needed. (Sometimes, there is no Spanish word that exactly matches the English word, so the songs and choreography have to be altered.)

The DVD is available in the Spanish Sampler (EBV 2013 Muestrario en español), product number 005490073, $69.99. Be sure to share this news with your Spanish congregations!

Colossal Coaster World Choreography in Espanol! from LifeWay VBS on Vimeo.

We’ve MOVED!

We are so excited to announce that we’ve officially moved to a brand new website and blog…and we think you’ll really like it there! Make sure to change your subscription if you’re receiving our posts via email, and join us over at http://blog.lifeway.com/vbs/blog

This will be our last post on this blog, so say your farewells!

Fall Pinterest Crafts!

It’s finally beginning to look like and feel a little bit like fall around here, which makes me happy because fall is my favorite time of year. It’s the time of year for chili and college football! So, I thought I would share a few crafts from Pinterest to help inspire you. Enjoy!

I thought this was cute and a great idea for a kids’ table at Thanksgiving or any other event. Chalkboard place mats can keep kids busy while the adults eat and fellowship.

Source: thehighheeledhostess.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

Fall is a beautiful time of year where we can watch the leaves change colors. Celebrate this with your kids by making a tree with finger paint. Let them use the colors of the leaves around them to make colorful trees.

Source: education.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

This next craft, I will probably have to try it out with my 4-year-old niece! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving!