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!
There was the noise of worship coming from Van Ness Auditorium as VBS leaders from all over the country learned new VBS songs and motions.
I got to hear the noise of teachers explaining various aspects of VBS curriculum to eager directors, teachers, craft directors missions leaders and more.
Scissors cut through paper and duct tape made that zipping noise it makes in the Creative Zone.
People like you asked questions about curriculum, about decorations and crafts, about how to teach kids to Discover, Decide and Defend their faith.
In short, it was the sound of the VBS Preview events in Nashville, TN right here at LifeWay, and it was a joyful noise!
In the quiet of this Wednesday morning, I’m kind of missing the buzz from last week. But in a way, I’m glad it’s gone. Because it means that the incredible leaders I had the privilege to meet last week have taken that excited buzz home with them. And soon they’ll be using it to touch lives for God’s kingdom. I can’t wait to see what God does with their passion this year.
And with yours.
Your VBS will be filled with similar sounds as kids get excited about being able to know and defend what they believe. Spend some time thanking God for that joyful noise today and asking Him to give you to passion you need to work through the exhausting hours of planning and putting together your VBS for His glory.
I know I’ve been inspired by the passion some of you brought to Nashville this year. If you were here, share some stories about your favorite things about the conference in the comments! We’d love to hear your stories!
If you haven’t kept up with Rocket Pack Jack or know about his travels, check out this blog: http://blog.lifeway.com/vbs/2013/10/15/where-in-the-world-is-rocket-pack-jack/
Last week, Rocket Pack Jack was seen on location at the VBS Preview in Nashville, Tennessee. He hung out in the Creative Zone a while, and may have even snapped some photos with some of you guys who were here.
Comment to tell us where you have seen Rocket Pack Jack… and either of the two in the picture count! You can even email me your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see them on an upcoming blog.
Did anyone make it to the Nashville VBS Preview last week? Comment with your favorite part//what you found to be the most beneficial during your time here!
At 9-years-old, I fell in love with Jesus. I remember it vividly – After a Sunday night sermon, I rode home with a weird feeling inside of me. Thirty minutes later after a conversation with my dad, I realized that feeling was conviction and that God was pulling me to Him. I prayed with my dad, and that is the day that I was welcomed into the Kingdom. Immediately afterwards, I went out to our gym to shoot free throws. My night went on like every other night of my childhood, but my heart was completely transformed. So began my walk with The Lord.
I tell you that story because I want you to know the happy ending. I found Christ. He revealed Himself to me. But as I look back on the early years of my life, I know that this wasn’t the first time I was interested in becoming a Christian. Two years before I sat in the choir room of my church as we sang and waved our hands around animatedly. I can’t tell you which VBS we were doing, maybe Starquest or Mt. Extreme…but I can tell you that the Gospel was presented. I remember hearing the ABC’s of Becoming a Christian. The nice woman explaining how much Jesus loved me passed out cards to everyone. She said to circle a certain area of the card if we wanted to hear more about asking Jesus into our hearts. And I did.
Here’s the kicker, though. I NEVER heard anything back. I remember wondering about it, but at that early age, I didn’t want to ask any teachers why no one noticed that I marked something on my card. It’s crazy to me now. I know that my VBS Director’s entire purpose for the week was to introduce kids to Christ. My card must have been lost, forgotten, or overlooked. Regardless, I didn’t receive follow-up about the greatest decision I could ever make.
Now, God is sovereign. I’m not claiming that one person’s mistake could’ve cost me eternity with my Father. However, I want to give an extra ounce of encouragement to the leaders out there – be careful with your plan for follow-up. VBS is a HUGE opportunity to welcome kids into the Kingdom of Heaven!!! Be diligent in watching out for those that desire His presence.
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!
For most churches worship rally is the first – or sometimes the last – thing that happens in the VBS day. It is a perfect time to invite parents to participate and see their kids having fun at church.
Parents sit for entire days on hard bleachers under broiling sun, endure endless hours of music and dance recitals, and thrill at seeing their son or daughter dressed as a tomato in the school play. Why? Because they want to be supportive and involved!
Yet when it comes to VBS at times we actually discourage parents from involvement. Once the kid has been dropped off at the curb we often have little use for the parent until it is time to once again return to the curb for the trip home.
Worship Rally is a great opportunity for parents to be supportive while experiencing just a little VBS for themselves. Parents can be invited to sit and participate in music motions with their kids, or a place can be reserved just for them where they can observe without straying far from their comfort zones.
Worship Rally becomes a friendly, non-threatening, place for parents to get to know church members and leaders. It is also a great way for unchurched parents to become acquainted with each other and leaders of ministry they might be attracted to.
Encouraging parents to participate in Worship Rally also sends the message that your church is interested in the entire family and not just the kids.
If Worship Rally is at the beginning of the day, you might even plan a short debriefing time for parents once the kids rotate out to Bible study and other activities.
- 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.
At first, I had no idea what these three words meant. Quickly, however, my mission trip coordinator explained that we were doing a “VBS of sorts” for the kids we would be serving in Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Our Holiday Bible Club was limited. We took a parachute, three kick balls, and two Frisbees for rec, told a ten minute Bible story, and gave out stickers and oranges for the kids to eat as they walked back to their homes. Throughout these activities, one thing stayed at the forefront of our minds: We would love these kids because Jesus loves us.
Throughout the week, we saw delight splashed across dozens of little African faces, and our faces responded the same. We witnessed excitement as kids raised their hands to answer who told Eve to eat the fruit and where Jesus was born. And we watched hope envelop hearts as we explained the true story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
You’ve witnessed this exact thing. You – as VBS directors, kids ministers, parents, and volunteers – know that the secret behind a successful church event is not the perfect combination of curriculum, schedule, and snacks. The secret is love.
Sometimes when I’m writing, I get aggravated at myself for using verses that seem to be “cliché.” But the truth of the matter is – nothing from the Bible should ever be considered trite or overused. So today, I’ll end with a verse that is well known, full of truth, and life-altering, but anything but cliché.
“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Happy Thursday all you Agency D3 Special Agents! I hope you’re having fun as you start preparing for VBS. Last week we showed you how the Kids Starter Kit has everything you need to get started in one box. This week we’re going to take a look at the Preschool Starter Kit. Let’s watch as Melita unpacks it.
You can pick up your Preschool Starter Kit today!
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!