Share Your VBS Story

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curtisSummer is winding down, kids are heading back to school, and for the most part, you have wrapped VBS 2014.  That means it’s time to start sharing your stories.  One of our favorite parts of VBS is hearing how God is using you to change the lives of kids and make an impact in your community.

So, out with it!  We want to hear the funny stories, the sweet stories, the life-changing stories, and anything else you want to share.   Leave your story in the comments below and it could be featured in an upcoming post.

Also, don’t forget to submit your VBS 2014 Director’s Evaluation.  Check out this post to learn more about how we use that information and how to submit yours.

We are so thankful for all that you do in the lives of kids!

5 Ways to Use the Rocket Pack Jack Film

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Today our good friend Steve Bussell with Seventh Story Productions joins the blog to talk about the full-length film, Rocket Pack Jack and the Babylon Virus.  Check out five ways you can use the RPJ Film for your VBS!

Every year Lifeway’s VBS offers a Worship Rally video to illustrate the theme, teach the life application points and for heaps of fun! They’re great tool to get your kids talking. Ask a question like, “Who did the boy in the movie think Jesus was?” And off they go! This year AGENCY D3  has a special 6-part movie available that’s unlike anything we’ve done before. We’ve partnered with Lifeway Films to give you multiple ways to use the movie. Either in it’s 6-parts or as one large extended film or as a give away DVD! So here are five great ways you can use it!

1. Worship Rally Videos

There are six sessions available for viewing. Show one video every day of VBS in your morning Worship Rally or in your individual classrooms. The sixth video you can show on family night or do a special double video on the fifth day or just skip video #6. So many options! Each video has recaps so if your child misses a day or starts on day three, they’ll will be brought up to speed with every video.

2. Promote VBS with early screening

Some churches have never used the Worship Rally Videos. Gasp! Don Green the Children’s Minister at Forest Hills in Nashville has never used them because it doesn’t work for his program. However this year Don is getting a license from Lifeway Films and showing the Rocket Pack Jack film as an outreach tool. He’s asking all the children of the church to come and bring a friend to movie night at the church. They’ll have popcorn and snacks. Then afterwards he’s going to talk about their Agency D3 VBS and send those visiting children home with tons of information! Brilliant!

Going with this option doesn’t mean you can’t still show the Worship Rally Videos. If there’s anything the DVD has taught us, it’s that children like to watch movies over and over again, and again. If you still wanted to use the Worship Rally Videos, the film withstands a second viewing. And your kids will undoubtedly see something they missed or teaching points you can debrief.

3. VBS Family Night/ Movie Night

As part of your Family night you could show the RPJ film. We’ve made it around 50 minutes, so you have time to do more than just show the film. You could also do give-aways of the DVD or offer them for a substantially discounted rate. What’s great about getting the Rocket Pack Jack movie home with childs is it’s fun and has rocketpacks and robots, but it also asks the  question, Who is Jesus? We’re using film to plant seeds.

4. As a Give Away or Fund Raiser

Lifeway Films is offering the DVD to churches in packs of 10 for over 40% off. So you could resell copies for however much you’d like! Or use the DVDs as special prizes for the 10 children who memorized the most verses or the 100 children who memorized the most verses. We have been contacted about churches looking at orders up to 500 copies to give out to every child who comes. Like I mentioned, DVDs tend to stick around and get re-watched a few hundred times. We’re hoping these will find their way in front of young eyes that never made it to a VBS but will watch Jack and learn that God loves you know matter what.

5. After VBS Movie Night

So let’s say you use the Worship Rally videos and watch in six parts throughout VBS. Did you know the Rocket Pack Jack movie from Lifeway Films has around 25% more scenes than in the Worship Rally Videos. You can show the movie after VBS to encourage visiting children to come back and bring their parents.

The movie is just a tool in your toolbox. You know how it will work best in your church. There are churches making their own movies with subplots to go along with the Rocket Pack Jack Film. We’re getting emails asking how to make rocket packs, robot costumes, and Abe’s Pizza boxes. There’s a lot of ways you can tie in to the film and use the DVDs to reach children you might never even meet.

You can get the Worship Rally Videos here.  And the Lifeway Films church license with individual DVDs here.

Hey and if you LIKE the Rocket Pack Jack Facebook page you’ll gain access to a free countdown you can use however you’d like.

 

 

VBS 2015 Theme Reveal – Live Today!

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After all the waiting and all those confusing clues, it has finally arrived.  Today is the VBS 2015 Theme Reveal!  Join us here at 1:00 P.M. CST to learn what’s in store for next summer.  We can’t wait to share it with you!

Use #lwvbs2015 to join in the conversation during the live reveal.  See you soon!

 

Introducing Explore the Bible: Kids and a Giveaway!

April21curtisI’d like to take a quick break from our regularly scheduled VBS programming to let you know about something really exciting.  We all want our kids to be fully grounded in Scripture, right?  Of course!  We want them to be so immersed into Scripture that they “discover” who Jesus really is and see how God can transform their lives.

That’s why we are so excited about Explore the Bible: Kids, the newest curriculum from LifeWay Kids! This book-by-book study of the Bible will take kids on a journey into Scripture where they’ll see the Bible in a way that makes them want to dig deep. Explore the Bible: Kids will help build a strong foundation that can lead to life transformation. That foundation will help them stand strong when they have to answer hard questions and “defend” their faith.

You can sign up to preview the first four sessions free! And better news, if you register before 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 24 you’ll be entered to win a year of Explore the Bible for your entire church!

Click here to enter and get a first look at how you can help your kids experience the Bible like never before. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 25.

 

 

Share Your VBS Secrets!

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It’s no secret that we love VBS. One of our favorite parts is seeing how you take the theme each year and make it uniquely your own.  There is so much creativity in the VBS community!

Personally, some of my best ideas are inspired by others’ work.  Sometimes I just need to see someone else’s project before I think, “Hey, I can do that!”  So, to open the lines of communication we’ve created a few places where you can share your VBS secrets and creations, and pick up a few new ideas.

First, when looking for inspiration, who doesn’t love Pinterest?  Be sure to check out our Agency D3 Pinterest page for fun decorating and craft ideas.

Next, is an application called Idea Share.  You’ll see the link to it at the top of the VBS Facebook page.  This is a place where you can upload your own photos and share the projects you’ve been working on.  There is also an option in Idea Share to open a discussion related to an image.

Lastly, the VBS Facebook page is a great place share tips or ask questions.  You can post your tips directly to our wall and start a conversation with other VBS directors and leaders. If you have a question, post it there too and we’ll answer as quickly as possible.

VBS is better when we work together, don’t you think? Me too.  Now, let’s share those secrets!

Need a Jump Start for Your VBS?

VBS directors, we know you have a tough job.  It’s a fun and rewarding job, but it comes with a lot of hard work.  In an effort to make things a little easier for you this year, we created the Agency D3 Jump Start Kit.

The Jump Start Kit is designed to give VBS directors a jump start in planning and promoting VBS.  There are tools that will help you choose dates, enlist volunteers, recruit kids, and decorate!

Check out the unpacking video below to see everything that is included.

You can pick up your Jump Start Kit at any Lifeway Store or order here today!  Happy planning!

Agency D3 App – Spread the Word!

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Happy Thursday friends!  We hope you’ve heard by now that the brand-new Agency D3 VBS App is live and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  Some of you even got a sneak peak of it during VBS Previews. The best part about the Agency D3 App is it allows the entire family to share in the VBS excitement!

We know parents are key to building spiritual foundations in their kids. So we’ve filled the app with tools to help parents reinforce each day’s Bible story at home.  Along with Bible stories, you’ll find devotions, music videos, games, and more.  We think kids and parents are going to love it.

To help you spread the word to your parents and leaders about the app, we’ve made a customizable poster and bulletin insert available to download.  They are located under “Helps” in the “Downloads & Updates” portion of this website. Or just click here!

Agency D3 Clip Art

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Planning for VBS 2014 is in full swing and we have had several requests for clip art. Well rest assured, we have you covered!  To make things a little easier, I’ve listed all of our clip art options and where you can find them below.

Free downloadable clip art can be found on our VBS website under Downloads & Updates.  Or click here.

If you purchased a Jump Start Kit or the Decorating Made Easy book, you’ll find a CD-ROM full of additional clip art and decorating tips.

Lastly, if you have a 2014 VBS Catalog, you have access to some super secret, super special clip art. Now this is going to take a little work on your part, but it’s fun work!  Each catalog includes an official Agency D3 Decoder.  Use your decoder to find hidden letters throughout the catalog.  Once you’ve found all the letters and compiled a complete phrase head over to our Facebook page. Click the “Clip Art” tab at the top of the page and enter your secret code.  If it’s correct, you’ll be granted access to some exclusive downloads!

Happy planning!

Agency D3 Worship Rally Live Stream

Did you miss our first live stream in the fall?  Have you been wondering who in the world is Rocket Pack Jack?  Well friends, you’ve got another chance to meet RPJ and the rest of the crew.  On Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00 PM CST, we will live stream the drama videos from the Agency D3 Worship Rally.  Be sure to save the date, bookmark this page, and share your thoughts with us on Twitter using hashtag #AgencyD3 while you watch!

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