I’m an event guy. I get energized by the nitty gritty details of a good event like Preview. After all, who wouldn’t get a little excited about an event that requires a jam-packed 53′ semi truck to haul everything from location to location?
So what does an event guy do when he is not planning or participating in an event? Watch documentaries about events of course.
A few days ago I watched a documentary about the big events held annually at Great Britain’s Windsor Castle. Talk about perfection! Penalty for not doing so just might mean the loss of your head – at least that was a possibility a few hundred years ago.
A brief statement about floral arrangements caught my interest. Evidently, following an event, Queen Elizabeth takes a personal interest in donating all decorations to a variety of local charity organizations. Sounds a little like VBS doesn’t it?
Decorations are a wonderful part of VBS. I’m old enough to remember the pre-decoration days of VBS (prior to 1997), and believe me, decorations are a valuable addition to the experience.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my time as LifeWay’s VBS Ministry Specialist has been the stories that are told by VBS leaders just like you – especially the stories of a VBS leader and church that has been blessed by another church donating decorations and resources.
More than once I have had a VBS leader tearfully recount how God provided needed decorations through the generosity of another church. Who will be blessed by the decorations you create for VBS 2017?
For VBS Groupies like you and me, what better way to begin a new year than by attending VBS Preview? In just a few short weeks Preview will be center stage at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, North Carolina, Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and at First Baptist Church Hendersonville, Tennessee. Space is limited at all three locations so there is no time to snooze, register today by clicking on this link.
As always, there will be many breakout sessions to choose from, including the following:
- 8 Reasons To Do Adult VBS (Adult VBS)
- A Beginner’s Guide to KidEvent Pro (Administration)
- Adult VBS Extras (Adult VBS)
- Adult VBS Overview (Adult VBS)
- Associational VBS Team Leadership Update (SBC Associational Administration)
- Children’s Crafts Rotation Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Children’s Missions Rotation Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Children’s Music Rotation Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Children’s Recreation Rotation Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Connecting with Parents Through VBS (All)
- Creating Great VBS Celebrations (Administration)
- Decorating Made Easy (All)
- Discovering Preschoolers in Their Universe (Preschool)
- Enlisting Great VBS Leaders (Administration)
- Experienced VBS Directors (Administration)
- Finders, Keepers (All – Continued Connections)
- Galactic Ideas for Promoting VBS (Administration)
- Grades 1-2 Bible Study Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Grades 3-4 Bible Study Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Grades 5-6 (VBX) Study Overview (Grades 1-6)
- Grades 5-6 (VBX) Crafts and Recreation (Grades 1-6)
- Guiding Behavior at VBS (Preschool/Grades 1-6)
- How VBS is Developed – Be a part of the beginning! (All)
- Leading Kids to Christ (All)
- Music in Motion (All)
- New VBS Directors (Administration)
- On the Road with VBS (All – Mission VBS)
- Preschool Rotations Overview (Preschool)
- Preschool VBS Overview (Preschool)
- Starting a Backyard Kids Club (All)
- Student Extras (Grades 7-12)
- Student VBS Overview (Grades 7-12)
- Teaching Biblical Literacy to Kids (Grades 1-6)
- The Dos and Don’ts of Selecting Sites for Backyard Kids Club (All)
- The Littlest Dippers: Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos in VBS (Preschool)
- Training Volunteer Superstars (Administration)
- Using Social Media to Promote VBS (All)
- Using Zip for Kids to Extend Your Summer Outreach (Administration)
- When the Stars Don’t Align (Preschool)
- Wishing Upon a Star DIY Decorations (All)
VBS leaders from across the State of Oklahoma gathered at First Baptist Church Edmond yesterday to get their first glimpse at the resources and decorations for LifeWay’s VBS 2017 Galactic Starveyors.
Over 200 enthusiastic VBS groupies arrived earlier than expected and created a line that stretched out the door and into the parking lot, waiting for their chance to preview resources and make crafts.
Of course the highlight of the day was the easy-to-make decorations crafted by Oklahoma’s own Mark Jones. Here are just a few of the decorations you will find in Galactic Starveyors Decorating Made Easy and in person at the January Previews in North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.
Today would be a great day to make plans to join Mark and LifeWay’s VBS team in January at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, or First Baptist Church Hendersonville, Tennessee. Click here for details and to register.
DECORATING MADE EASY
- Like last year, the CD-Rom has been replaced with a DVD-Rom that allows for more file storage, instructional videos, and all available graphics.
- All art files are available in three formats – JPEG, PNG, ADVANCED (Advanced files require special software that is typically used by professional printers and sign makers.)
- Full Bible (Genesis to Revelation) is $3.99.
- Bible includes plan of salvation and 30 days of devotions.
- Each devotion starts with the point of view of a kid’s question collected at CentriKid Camp. Question is answered by taking the child to Scripture for the answer.
BACKYARD KIDS CLUB
- 5 volumes available this year: Galactic Starveyors, Submerged, Journey Off the Map, Agency D3, and Colossal Coaster World.