What does it take to build a colossal coaster? At Silver Dollar City, they start with the desire to give families an all-new thrill, something they can experience together and create memories worth repeating!
Their newest coaster, Outlaw Run, is making history as the world’s most daring wooden coaster. The new $10 million ride sends passengers soaring through the Ozark Mountains on a ground-breaking wood coaster that includes several firsts. Outlaw Run features the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll. It is the only wooden coaster to twist upside down with a record-breaking three inversions; the world’s steepest wood coaster with a first drop of 162 feet (more than 16 stories) at 81 degrees – nearly vertical; and the second fastest wood coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour.
You can ride Outlaw Run now through December 30 (weather permitting!).
Be sure to check out Silver Dollar City, host of the VBS 2013 Theme Video Series!
One of the things we love most about the new Bible Studies for Life: Kids are the elements created specifically to strengthen families and encourage discipleship at home.
- Kids study the same biblical concept, or “Life Point”, each week as the rest of their family – from babies to adults.
- All-church alignment, twice per year – In addition to studying the same concepts each week, twice a year kids studies fully align with students and adult resources to make church-wide campaigns even easier to do.
- Every Kids Activity Page is filled with a helpful overview that connects the content from the adult, student, and kids session. Bible Studies for Life: Kids makes it easy for parents to keep the entire family engaged in “One Conversation” surrounding Scripture.
To learn more about Bible Studies for Life (for all ages!) and to preview three lessons of the material for free, visit biblestudiesforlife.com.
And this week only, (contest ends at 11:59 PM CDT) enter to win a year’s worth of Bible Studies for Life for your church.
Do you want in on that giveaway? Click here to learn more. Hurry! The giveaway ends tonight!
The following post was written by Bible Studies for Life: Kids team member Erika Scrimpshire. Erika attends CrossPoint Church in Nashville, TN where she is involved in various ministries. A former high school teacher, Erika has taught Bible studies to kids, students, college students, and young adults. In her spare time, she can be found sharing coffee or dinner with friends, jogging in a local park, or at a dog park with her schnauzer, Bella.
I remember sitting in “Big Church” as a kid holding a slingshot I made Sunday School to remind me of the story I just learned about David and Goliath. Dismissing the inevitability that the kids would slingshot church bulletins across the sanctuary, the pastor began to preach about Jesus and what He has done for us. I remember thinking, Jesus seems awesome, but what does He have to do with David and Goliath? I understood that God did great things through David, but I could not connect the stories of the Bible with the amazing things I was learning about Jesus.
Among the many new enhancements of our Bible Studies for Life: Kids curriculum, each lesson is equipped with a short phrase, called a Christ Focus, that is designed to do just that—focus on Christ. We acknowledge that the Old Testament points to Jesus and the New Testament reflects Him. So, in each session, leaders are provided with a short phrase to help kids answer the question, “What does this story have to do with Jesus?”
The answer: It has EVERYTHING to do with Jesus!
Karl Barth was a Swiss theologian that, in the midst of two world wars, fought the Nazi establishment of a “German Christian Church” and devoted his life to writing about Scripture during the early part of the 20th century. He was once asked by a reporter to give a summary of his life’s work. Barth simply replied, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” We agree. It’s all about Jesus.
Make sure the kids in your ministry are hearing how amazing and awesome Christ is EVERY week– not just during VBS!
If you missed last week’s post, CLICK HERE to catch up on our church’s story of how the idea of our Spring Break VBS was born.
Our location was set. Now the promotion and planning needed to take place. We had never done something like this before. Our church is only 2 years old and not being as established in our community, we have certain challenges that we know we have to overcome.
One of the biggest helps that we had was LifeWay’s Backyard Kids Club Director Guide. Like I mentioned before, we had never planned a VBS before, so this simple guide literally saved us hundreds of hours of putting things together. From the promotional ideas to planning our schedule, activities, rotations, etc. it had us covered. I remember our pastor saying it took out a lot of the guess work and mystery of what we needed to do. Although we weren’t doing a Backyard Kids Club per-say, all of the principles were still very applicable. And although we adapted a lot of the ideas from the guide because our context was different, it was a solid foundation and starting point.
We decided to concentrate on a limited number of families to reach. Like I mentioned in my previous post, the school was literally within 1-2 miles of over 3500 families. So we used the power of postal codes and postal routes to send out a postcard to a specific group of homes. We spent time passing out water bottles at our YMCA (where our church meets), having conversations with families in the surrounding neighborhood of the school, and getting the word out via our church member’s social media channels. We had to be very intentional about our promotion because our church is only 2 years old and not as established as most churches in our community. We wanted to target specific neighborhoods surrounding the school, and so we made sure those specific families knew who Redeemer Church was and what was taking place at the school just down the road.
Several weeks of promotional work was now complete. Together as a church family, we spent time in prayer asking God to draw families to our Spring Break VBS. We were never concerned about how many people would come, but that the Lord would bring those who needed to come and that we would get an opportunity to share the Gospel message and story of redemption to those who have not heard what Jesus has done for them.
Next week, I”ll wrap up our story and share what God did during our week of VBS. Stay tuned!
Want to win an iPad mini and free Bible Studies for Life for an entire year? Click here to learn more! Hurry! You only have until Thursday to enter!
You’ve heard us talk about it before– coming in the Fall, the same trustworthy content you love is coming to your Sunday School classes in a new and improved format. Bible Studies for Life: Kids is focused on discipling kids and strengthening families. It’s great as a stand alone resource to strengthen families in your kids ministry, but it’s also the perfect choice if you want to align the biblical concepts your kids, students, and adults are studying each week. Multiple translations are available (view options here) and it will be available in print and digital format to make things easier for you!
Throughout the week, we’ll be telling you more about the new changes and neat features you can expect to see when Bible Studies for Life launches this fall.
And to celebrate the upcoming launch, we’re giving away an iPad mini plus an entire year of Bible Studies for Life for your whole church!
Do you want in on that giveaway? Click here to learn more. Hurry! The giveaway ends this Thursday night!