This year we have an Agency D3 App that is available in the app store. It’s a great tool to help your kids enjoy VBS. The app is available for the ipad, iphone, and android devices. It is only $2.99 and has theme-related games, devotions, activities, how to share the gospel, and the choreography videos. Kids and adults both can listen to the songs they learned in VBS and watch the motions. We want to give one lucky blog reader the Agency D3 app for free. So, leave a comment on this blog, and we will select one winner randomly. Even if you don’t win, but sure to check it out!
- What is your role in VBS? VBS Director
- What was your “geekiest” moment? When I was recognized at the local Target by a little boy who had come to VBS, but didn’t attend our church. He recognized me as the “Kangaroo Lady”. I heard him tell his mom to look, there’s the Kangaroo Lady. I had dressed up like a kangaroo and hopped throughout VBS all week during Boomerang Express.
- What has been your favorite VBS theme? Hard to say as there are many that I like alot, but Ramblin Road Trip was alot of fun, had great music and a great message for the kids.
- You might be a VBS geek if. . . You start planning the next year’s VBS during the current year’s VBS week.
- What makes you keep doing VBS? The excitement it generates in myself and most importantly, the kids. To see them enthusiastically learning about God. To know that being a christian isn’t boring and dull. It’s full of excitement and fun. To see how simple it is to ask Jesus into their hearts.
1. I am the Elementary Music Rotation Leader and a singer in our VBS Band!! We play the music live in worship rally and rotation every year. I love teaching the kids the music and motions each year. I am in college studying Music Education, and I am an American Sign Language interpreter. The combination of singing, signing, and dancing is so much fun for me!
2. My “geekiest” VBS moment was the time I told the kids why we sing “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline every year–I grew up singing it in VBS when I was a kid, and it is just so special to me! I explained the meaning of the song and taught the kids the standard motions for “Come, and go with me, to my Father’s House!” I was so nostalgic. It was great.
3. My favorite VBS theme as a little girl was Ocean Odyssey. I was probably in preschool, but I vividly remember the decorations. My favorite theme as an “adult” has to be Saddle Ridge Ranch. Wearing cowgirl boots everyday was a blast, and “Tumbleweed” is a hard song to beat.
4. You might be a VBS geek if…every VBS t-shirt you’ve ever gotten (and that’s A LOT of shirts) is safely stored in your room.
5. I do VBS every year because I know I am using my gifts for God’s glory and serving children and their families. In just one week, children hear the life-changing message of salvation. Some choose to become Christians in that week and then talk to church leaders about this decision, just like I did as an elementary school student. VBS is fun, exciting, and rewarding, but the best part is seeing the way children look at you as you explain the message of a song like “I Will Trust in You.” The way they light up as they walk into the Fellowship Hall, ready to praise God in the Worship Rally. I hope I always have a job at Vacation Bible School. What I see as “the little things” could ultimately have a big impact in a child’s life!
We have just finished our first preview event and it was great to see so many of you there. We even spotted some of our past VBS Geeks of the Week, and some were wearing their T-shirts! We love getting to meet you and hear all about your VBS. So, today I am going to leave you with a picture of some major VBS Geeks, part of our VBS Team! Hope you enjoy and hope to see more of you at the other VBS Preview Events!
- What is your role in VBS? Promoter for the Northwest Baptist Convention and VBS Co-Director
- What was your “geekiest” moment? Arriving at a VBS training event in an RV because it was the only way to transport all the decorations!
- What has been your favorite VBS theme? 2005: Ramblin Road Trip: Which Way Do I Go?
- You might be a VBS geek if . . . you cannot comprehend why anyone would not want to be involved in VBS.
- What makes you keep doing VBS? Seeing what happens through VBS inspires me to do it again: kids grow spiritually, leaders develop as volunteers serve and the church experiences greater unity.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, I decided to share with you our LifeWay Kids Christmas grazing day! Our VBS team was in charge of it this year, and we decorated our meeting room on the floor and invited everyone to bring their favorite Christmas snacks. We had Christmas movies playing, hot drinks (hot chocolate, apple cider, and tea), and food out all day so whenever anyone needed a snack or a break they could come and get it! While most of our time on our floor is spent working, we do enjoy fellowshipping with one another and celebrating anything involving food! I also have to send a shout out to our graphic designer Gordon who not only builds VBS sets, but also makes awesome Christmas trees! So, what’s your favorite Christmas snack?
On the third day of Christmas I am going to talk about my favorite Christmas gift! I can only remember throwing a tantrum in a store once in my life, and it was because I fell in love with a doll and my parents would not get it for me. I was traumatized, and my parents were just ready to get out of the store! Well, then came Christmas and what did I find under the tree? That very doll that I cried and cried over! She became my very favorite doll for many years. I loved that she looked like a real baby and she laughed when you would shake her. I named her Elizabeth because that has always been my favorite girl name. I played with her for many years. I do still have her, but she no longer laughs like she used to. That’s what happens when a toy has been loved on for so long! Here’s a picture of me and my sister on Christmas morning, me with Elizabeth and her with a monkey!
What’s your favorite Christmas gift you’ve ever received? Comment below!
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!