VBS Preview in Kissimmee

candace-1Last week we had our last VBS preview event for the year. We had a great time in Florida getting to see some of you again and getting to meet those who were there for the first time. The VBS team loves telling people about Agency D3, whether we’re talking about the biblical content, the theme, or decorations, we’ll answer any questions. I was part of the Creative Zone where we showcased the sets for Bible study and each of the rotations. We also had crafts and a make your own gadget station. I hope everyone who attended any of the preview events had a great time and we’ll see you next year!

Here’s a few pictures of the sets.

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Here’s a few pictures of some of our team members working hard!

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VBS Geek of the Week Cody Martin

vbsgeekoftheweek2Cody Martin is this week’s VBS Geek of the Week. He attends the 225 yr old Curtin United Methodist Church in Howard, Pennsylvania. Their website is curtinchurch.weebly.com.
1. What is your role in VBS? In 2011, I became a VBS helper and did odd jobs for VBS. In 2012, (somehow) I got to be the assistant director. And then, as of January 2013 I became the Director. I run the Sound System at VBS, take pictures, etc. Sometimes I think I do everything, but not really. :)
2. What was your “geekiest” moment?  Whenever I went to a monthly church board meeting in March 2013 requesting to do a fundraiser to rent a Ferris Wheel for VBS 2013. I told them I would shave my head and/or wear my Carnival Barker costume (fake mustache, too!) everywhere I went if the funds could be raised….
3. What has been your favorite VBS theme? Tough one, but it has to be Colossal Coaster World! I think that this theme took our church through the roof with the thrills and excitement. After a drop-off in VBS attendance in the past few years, we had our highest attendance record, yet!
4. You might be a VBS geek if….  For the 2013 VBS preview in Ridgecrest, I convinced 3 elderly women from our VBS staff and my younger sister to all pack into a sardine can of a car, go to North Carolina for the 2013 preview event (and did I mention I even convinced them to dress up in full costume with me? We went as a clown, Ice cream cone, a bumper car, a crazy tourist who loves roller coasters, and a Carnival Barker.)
5. What makes you keep doing VBS? I think it’s the enjoyment of making the week of VBS impact our visitors’ lives as much as possible. Seeing how the kids enjoy VBS is really something else. At this point in time, My sister and I are the only youth who regularly attend the church. I and all the other willing volunteers are struggling to get young people into the church. All I can say is to please pray for our church as well as the churches that are dealing with the same situation so that we can experience a growth of young people interested in Jesus.
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Agency D3 App

candace-1 UPDATE: We have a winner! Thanks for all of you who commented! Swan is our winner. 

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!

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VBS Geek of the Week Kimberly Watts

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This week’s VBS Geek of the week is Kimberly Watts. She is from Jacksonville, Florida and attended the VBS Preview event at Ridgecrest.
  1. What is your role in VBS? VBS Director
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You might be a VBS geek if. . . You start planning the next year’s VBS during the current year’s VBS week.
  5. 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.

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VBS Geek of the Week Allison McClain

vbsgeekoftheweek1This week’s VBS Geek of the Week is Allison McClain from Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. 


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!

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VBS Geek of the Week Sightings

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!

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VBS Geek of the Week – Leigh Ann Stark

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Welcome this week’s Geek of the Week, Leigh Ann Stark. She is a great friend of VBS and promotes and works with VBS through the Northwest Baptist Convention. Thanks, Leigh Ann, for all you do!
  1. What is your role in VBS? Promoter for the Northwest Baptist Convention and VBS Co-Director
  2. 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!
  3. What has been your favorite VBS theme? 2005: Ramblin Road Trip: Which Way Do I Go?
  4. You might be a VBS geek if . . . you cannot comprehend why anyone would not want to be involved in VBS.
  5. 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.

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

candace-1On 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?

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On the Third Day of Christmas

candace-1On 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!

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What’s your favorite Christmas gift you’ve ever received? Comment below!