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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 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.

Easy Peasy 2012 VBS Director’s Evaluations

I know you’ve just seen months of planning come to fruition and all you really want to to is sit back and relax. But if you could, do one more thing. Just one and I promise to make it as easy as possible.

We want to hear from you. Please fill out the VBS Director’s Evaluations online here or you can complete a paper copy from the 2012 Administrative Guide and mail it in to the address on the form. That’s it! Easy peasy, right? And I promise I will read every one and pass along all your comments, thoughts, and suggestions to the VBS team to help us evaluate what you need for VBS to be easy for you.

Appreciate Your Leaders


You’ve enlisted them, you’ve trained them, and they’ve done their jobs! Now it’s time to show them a little appreciation for all those long hours, last minute errands, and loving’ on the kids.

No matter who you are or how long you’ve invested in the lives of kids, it never gets old to be appreciated, so we’ve complied some clever ways to say, “Thank you for all you do.”  Check out our “Teacher Appreciation Board” on the LifeWay Kids Pintrest site.  Some of my favorites include:


Or check out specific VBS theme appreciation ideas on the enhanced CD in the front of the VBS 2013 Administrative Guide for Directors.

What are some ways you’ve thanked your teachers?

Pintresting Mother’s Day Crafts

That’s right LifeWay Kids is on Pintrest! Check us out for lots of great ideas including these favorites for Mother’s Day.

You can go from the very simple like this cute Mother’s Day Card

Source: lets-explore.net via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

To the more elaborate like this Etched Family Tree Plate

Source: itstaylormade.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

And anything in between. Check out our Mother’s Day Board for more great ideas. And share your favorite Mother’s Day gifts or ideas with us. We can’t wait to hear from you!

VBS Geek of the Week

Wow! I know it’s Friday and we’ve decided to mix things up on you a bit here. Keith is really busy trying to get some fabulous products ready for VBS 2013 and move offices. In an effort to chill him out (I mean help him out) a little, I am doing a Friday edition of VBS Geek of the Week.

This week’s Geek of the Week was discovered at our Nashville Previews in January. Angelia Stewart works as a 3rd and 4th grade Team Member for the Tennessee River Baptist Association. So without further adieu, lets find out what makes Angelia a VBS Geek of the Week.

What roles have you filled involving VBS?

I have served as a Director of VBS from Ocean Osydessy until last year when my family moved to a new church. I am now serving as the Music Leader in our current church.

What do you think is the most encouraging aspect of VBS?

The most encouraging thing about doing VBS year after year is seeing the faces of boys & girls as they discover Who Christ is & that He  loves them more than anything . . . no matter what their circumstances. The joy on their faces when they accept Christ as their Savior and experience the freedom that only He can give makes all the effort worth it!

What is your favorite VBS theme to date?

It is hard to pick one theme, but Saddle Ridge Ranch & Amazon Outfitters were probably my favorites.

What is your Geekiest VBS Moment?

For Rickshaw Rally, my husband made a rickshaw that we used to promote VBS. During VBS & after VBS I put it out in front of my house as landscaping. He had worked too hard to just toss it. Our neighbors would all laugh as they came to visit & say, “You might be a VBS junkie if you keep your decor as landscaping. And YOU MIGHT BE A VBS GEEK IF … every item you see you think about how it can be used with the VBS theme.”

Sneak Peek Week—Crafts

I know you haven’t even gotten through 2012 and we’re talking 2013 already. But hey, that’s the world we live in on the VBS team. Anyway, I am going to give you a heads up on a few craft supplies you might want to be stashing away for next year.

Wondering what to do with all those extra plastic Easter eggs? Save the bottom half of each egg for crafts next year!

Got any old CD jewel cases sitting around? Save them for a weeklong craft idea in 2013!

Drink up and save those empty water bottles, you’re gonna need them.

And of course no VBS week would be complete without the use of craft sticks in some fashion.

For those of you out there who like to use our Club VBS option, you might need to save spring-type clothespins, felt in bright colors, and brown paper grocery bags.