Friday, July 29, 2011

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - Operation Overboard from Cokesbury!

Operation Overboard

Publisher - Cokesbury
Theme - Dare to Go Deep With God - children will plunge into Bible stories of people with deep faith and learn to trust a God Whose love is deeper than the sea!

I'm Looking Forward to - seeing what Cokesbury does with connecting each day's point to creatures in the sea! This should be interesting and fun for kids and help them remember the point of the Bible lessons, so I'm curious to see what they are doing with this! It looks like many publishers are focusing on trusting God with their 2012 VBS, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with this theme!

Bible Points -

Day 1 - Noah Depends on God Depend on God - Genesis 6 & 8
Day 2 - A Servant Girl Dares to Care - Dare to Care - 2 Kings 5
Day 3 - John Proclaims Jesus - Claim Jesus - Matthew 3:1-17
Day 4 - The Disciples Choose to Follow Jesus - Choose to Follow - Luke 5:1-11
Day 5 - Paul Delivers Good News - Change the World - Acts 27

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - IncrediWorld Amazement Park from Answers in Genesis!

IncrediWorld Amazement Park
Publisher - Answers in Genesis                                                                                      Theme - A Thrill Ride through God's Creation! AiG says, "At IncrediWorld, we want to give God the glory He deserves for who He is and what He has made! Your kids will go wild as they experience God’s incredible world of wonders and learn that the Bible tells the truth in Genesis 
IncrediWorld logo
about God creating all things in six actual days! They’ll find out that true science supports the biblical account!" 
I'm Looking Forward to - finding out the specifics about this VBS - other than the theme, there really isn't a lot of information currently available. As they release more specifics, I'll update this post!

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - Sky from Group Publishing!

Sky - 2012 Easy VBSThis week I'll be taking a look at Vacation Bible School 2012 - yes I said, 2012! I'm surprised by how early the publishers are releasing their themes for the following year's VBS - this is certainly the earliest release ever! While it could be tempting to see a theme and pre-order your kit for next year, I strongly encourage you to wait until the kits are actually available to make your decision. It is very possible you'll end up using the resources from the publisher you are familiar with, but wait until you can see the kits and read reviews . . . know your vision and purpose for your VBS and choose the materials which best fit your ministry and needs. Without actually reading complete reviews and sitting down with actual kits how can you possibly know which kit is your best fit?

Having said this, I look forward to sharing a sneak peek at several 2012 VBS themes . . . hopefully this will help you have a better idea of which kits you want to review more closely in January when you are looking for your best fit for Summer 2012!

Publisher - Group Publishing
Theme - The sky is the limit - everything is possible when kids start trusting God.
Setting - the Sky!
I'm looking forward to - seeing their "Imagination Station" - they say they'll have, "Sciency-Fun" gizmos to explore the Bible Point in crazy ways!

Daily Point -

Pat Buddy
Day 1
Bible Point: No matter who you are…trust God!
Bible Verse: "People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 7)
Bible Story: A Roman officer has faith in Jesus. (Matthew 8:5-13)

Orville Buddy
Day 2
Bible Point: No matter how you feel…trust God!
Bible Verse: "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God..." (John 14:1)
Bible Story: Jesus brings Lazarus back to life.
(John 11)

Scout Buddy
Day 3
Bible Point: No matter what people do…trust God!
Bible Verse: "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles." (Isaiah 40:31).
Bible Story: Jesus is arrested and put on trial. (Matthew 26:36-27:31)

Apollo Buddy
Day 4
Bible Point: No matter what happens…trust God!
Bible Verse: "And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love." (Romans 8:38)
Bible Story: Jesus dies and comes back to life.
(Matthew 27:32-28:20)

Rockette Buddy
Day 5
Bible Point: No matter where you are…trust God!
Bible Verse: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
Bible Story: Jesus makes a beachside breakfast for his friends. (John 21:1-14)

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - Babylon from Group Publishing!

Publisher - Group Publishing
Babylon VBS 2012 Starter KitTheme - Daniel's Courage in Captivity - teaches kids and adults to love God and his Word. You'll see families turn to God and grow stronger in their faith as they open their hearts to God¹s powerful love. Kids will be inspired to courageously share their faith with others.

I'm Looking Forward to - this year Group's Hometown Nazareth VBS came in second in my review, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with Daniel in Babylon! I love the "Tribe Time" where, "They talk about the daily Bible Point and connect Daniel's story with their own lives." I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it for 2012!

Bible Points

You'll reinforce Bible learning in a big way because the daily Bible Point is carefully integrated into each activity. That's why each day is so important to the overall learning experience.
Day 1 ChameleonDay 1 Babylon VBS Bible Point
Bible Point: When things change, God is with you.
Key Verse: "For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.' " (Hebrews 13:5)
Bible Story: Enemies capture Daniel and his friends and take them to Babylon. (Daniel 1)
Day 2 OxDay 2 Babylon VBS Bible Point
Bible Point: When you need help, God is with you.
Key Verse: "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
Bible Story: Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream. (Daniel 2)
Day 3 OstrichDay 3 Babylon VBS Bible Point
Bible Point: When you're afraid, God is with you.
Key Verse: "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10)
Bible Story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survive a fiery furnace.(Daniel 3)
Day 4 LionDay 4 Babylon VBS Bible Point
Bible Point: When you're lonely, God is with you.
Key Verse: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
Bible Story: Daniel prays, even though it means he might get into trouble. (Daniel 6:1-16)
Day 5 GazelleDay 5 Babylon VBS Bible Point
Bible Point: When you're thankful, God is with you.
Key Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Bible Story: God saves Daniel from the lions.
(Daniel 6:16-28)

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - Amazing Wonders Aviation from LifeWay!

Amazing Wonders Aviation
Publisher - LifeWay Publishing
Theme - Awesome God! Amazing Power! As kids explore Psalm 147:5, they’ll recognize God’s power over all things, trust that God is always in control, accept God’s gift of forgiveness, celebrate that Jesus is alive, and rely on God’s power.

I'm Looking Forward to - I love the idea of "traveling" around the world to some of the most amazing places God created and can't wait to see what LifeWay does to "take" us on this "trip"! I am happy to see the content with a strong focus on trusting God . . . this content seems to be one several publishers are focusing on for 2012 and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with it!

Bible Points

Day 1:Amazing! God’s Power Over Nature


The River Stood Still (Joshua 3-4)


I can recognize that God has power over all things.


Jeremiah 32:17

Grand CanyonDay 2:Amazing! God’s Power Over Circumstances


The Lions’ Mouths Were Shut (Daniel 6:1-23)


I can trust that God is in control, no matter what happens.


Daniel 2:20

Day 3:Amazing! God’s Power Over Sin


God Sent Jesus (Luke 2:21-38; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)


I can believe that God sent Jesus, and I can accept God’s gift of forgiveness.


Romans 6:23

Day 4:Amazing! God’s Power Over Death


Jesus Is Alive (John 19:31-20:20)


I can celebrate that Jesus is alive!


Romans 5:8

Day 5:Amazing! God’s Power Over My Life


The Apostles Took Action (Acts 5:12-42)


I can rely on God’s power to do what He wants me to do.


2 Peter 1:3

Sneak Peek . . . Vacation Bible School 2012 - Adventures on Promise Island by Standard Publishing!

I'm very happy to share a sneak peek at Standard Publishings 2012 VBS . . . 
Adventures on Promise Island
Publisher - Standard Publishing
Theme - Where kids experience God’s lifesaving love and learn about God's amazing 
Setting - Promise Island
I'm looking forward to - hearing their new music - it is written and performed by Yancy! I'm also looking forward to seeing the service projects kids get to work on at Project Point!

Daily Point -

Day 1 -
Bible Point: God's Promise - I Am With You!
Bible Story: God is with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. (Daniel 3:1 - 4:28)

Day 2 -
Bible Point: God's Promise - I Care About You!
Bible Story: Jesus cares for Mary, Martha and Lazarus!
(John 11:1-3, 17-44)

Day 3 -
Bible Point: God's Promise - I Give You What You Need!
Bible Story: Jesus helps a man brought by four friends. (Mark 2:1-12)

Day 4 -
Bible Point: God's Promise - I Will Save You!
Bible Story: Jesus dies to save us.
(John 19:16-18, 29, 30; 20:24-31)

Day 5 -
Bible Point: God's Promise - I Will Answer You!
Bible Story: God answers the prayers of Paul and Silas. (Acts 16:22-34)