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 Geek of the Week: Deb Jones

vbsgeekoftheweek2This week’s VBS Geek of the Week is Deb Jones. Enjoy her story!

1. What is your role in VBS?  I am the VBS Director for our church, West Glendale Baptist Church.  I am also a part of the state training team for Arizona, for the past two years I have had the opportunity to attend the National Training in Fort Worth and then teach the Missions portion of VBS at our state training sessions.

2. What was your “geekiest” moment?  WOW!  One geeky moment, I am a geek, so this is hard to pinpoint!  This is the time of year that I eat, sleep, and dream VBS!  Probably the geekiest moment this year so far was an announcement I made at the end of April for our VBS worker sign-up.  We still had some openings and I wanted them filled before our church VBS training.  I wore my husband’s black leather jacket, my sunglasses, and my daughter’s Fedora hat.  I was a special agent sneaking up to the stage, got lots of laughs from the congregation and also got more workers signed up at the end of the service!  I don’t mind being laughed at.

3. What has been your favorite VBS theme?  Every year it just keeps getting better!  One of my favorites was Amazing Wonders Aviation because I was one of the teachers in the United States that won Space Camp thanks to the workers at Honeywell Hometown Solutions.  Space Camp had been a dream of mine since the ’80′s.  I got to wear my blue flight suit for Amazing Wonders VBS and that was wonderful (although hot in Arizona in the summer).

4. You might be a VBS geek if . . . you think VBS is just a little slice of Heaven!

5. What makes you keep doing VBS?  I was born Southern Baptist and have attended VBS since birth.  I just really enjoy Vacation Bible School, it is an AMAZING evangelical tool for our church to reach our community for Christ.  Last year for the first time ever, we made a concerted effort to disciple our children after VBS was over.  I used the materials created by Lifeway for Leading a Child to Christ in my VBS training.  We followed up in July and August on Wednesday nights and actually baptized children that had made decisions in June.  So exciting!

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Follow-up Kit Giveaway

bethanyOne of the most important aspects of VBS to me is how we follow up with the new kids who come to VBS. Do they know we cared during the week? Yes. Did they have a great time? Yeah! Did they learn about Jesus. You bet! But what does that mean to them if they cease to hear from us the moment they walk out of the church doors. It’s so important for kids and their families to see God’s love at work in you outside of the church building. A phone call, a card, a visit on the door step. Any of these can show kids that Christ’s love is real at active.

Become a part of their lives. Pray for their problems. Help them when their family is in need. Be Jesus’ hands and feet to them.

There’s more information about how to plan a successful follow-up plan in the Continue the Connections portion of your VBS 2014 Administrative Guide for Directors or VBS 2014 Backyard Kids Club Directors Guide. We hope that these resources will help you translate your desire to help others into action.

In the meantime, to give you a little boost of inspiration, we’re giving away a little Follow-up Kit! This Agency D3 Bag contains VBS 2014 Bookmarks, stickers, picture frames, and blank note cards, as well as a Takin’ It Home CD, which you are free to duplicate for your kids.

Consider creating a treat bag with a framed picture of each visiting child, a bookmark, a card, and a CD. The CDs have content related to each day in Agency D3, so that kids can ideally listen to it with their parents on their way home from VBS each day. Have fun with this giveaway as you work to reach the kids in your community. We’re praying for your efforts as summer comes into full swing!

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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!

 

The Last One! Impossible Clue #6

 20140114-075705.jpgKnock, knock. Who’s there? It’s a clue.

So by now you should “Know what you know. You know?” The challenge is, knowing what you don’t know.  “You know?” And with the clues we have so far there is more that I don’t know than I do. You know?

Actually, what puzzled me the most about yesterday’s clues – besides the freaky way the guy’s mouth moved in the painting – was the extremely brief image at the end. What was that? Who was that?  Talk about life flashing before your eyes!

Today’s clue video will make you scream – or at least want to scream.

Did you see the hidden clue? You had to concentrate and stay focused.  I love the way the subtle image was revealed.  Speaking of reveal, I can hardly wait until Monday because some of you are so close you are going to be amazed at your own brilliance. Until then, I’m on expedition with the One True God. Take care.

Remember, share your guess in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2.

And join us here TOMORROW, June 2 at 1:00 pm CST for the live theme reveal!

Need a review? Catch up on all impossible clues! Clue One, Clue Two, Clue Three, Clue Four, Clue Five.

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Stumped Yet? Impossible Clue #5

20140114-075705.jpgOnce again I find myself stumped. Yesterday I saw a kangaroo (Boomerang Express), an apple (Big Apple Adventure), and snow (Artic Edge). Our marketing ladies are doing a great job of revealing previous themes but I’m really struggling with how all these clues that seem to suggest a previous theme work together to reveal the awesome theme that is VBS 2015.

Of course there was a brief shot of English peas (Kingdom Caper?), hair follicles (maybe the design is Outrigger Island?), and the human body that focused on the heart (maybe representing “The Heartland” in Ramblin’ Road Trip). All I know is that I need someone to guide me through this maze of confusion. Oh well, there are better minds than mine working on this so let’s watch Clue Number 5.

Love all the speculations on Facebook. Keep them coming. I’ll be back tomorrow with one last clue.

Don’t forget! Share your guess in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2.

Plus, bookmark this page to join us for the live theme reveal on Monday, June 2 at 1:00pm CST.

Miss a clue?  Check out these posts from TuesdayWednesday,  Thursday, or yesterday to catch up!

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Getting Closer…Impossible Clue #4

Wow! Now I’m more confused than ever (and I know the theme)! The two big clues yesterday seemed to be space and ocean yet we have already had those themes – StarQuest and Ocean Odyssey – so it is a mystery.  Oh yeah, we have had the mystery theme before as well – actually twice: Kingdom Caper and Agency D3. So what am I left with?

Actually, a few of you are getting close – just not close enough.  As one of my grandfathers would have said, “this dog don’t hunt.” Hmmmmmm, could that be a clue? Maybe. Maybe not.

So before I find myself chasing a rabbit again, here is Clue Number 4. Watch carefully, there just might be a Pop Quiz afterwards. Didn’t you hate pop quizzes? I always seem to have studied the wrong content.

In case you have not already done so, be sure to set an alarm and join us here at 1:00 PM CST Monday, June 2 for the live theme reveal.  Until then happy guessing!

Share your guess in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2.

Miss a clue?  Check out these posts from Tuesday, Wednesday, and yesterday to catch up!

 

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Another Impossible Clue!

20140114-075705.jpgGlad you could find your way back from Clue Number 2. I could totally feel the driver’s frustration.  A similar experience once dumped me in the middle of an Ohio cornfield. If the steeple of the church I was looking for had not been taller than anything else around I would have been stuck in that field until harvest.

For a traveler like me a GPS is a treasured essential, except when the little voice is determined my destination is in the middle of nowhere – like an Ohio cornfield. Or when you get to the point you know the correct way, which is a little different from the path GPS wants you to take, and the voice starts screaming at you to turn around. This usually happens as I’m nearing an airport. The signs give one set of directions and GPS gives another. I once upset the voice so badly she quit talking – which come to think about it was the most pleasant part of the trip.

In reality life can become filled with screaming voices that try to take you in a different direction. Thankfully there is one voice that will never mislead us. The challenge is to listen to that Voice and that Voice alone.

Sorry about that. I chased a rabbit for a minute. Now back to the purpose of this post. Have you figured out why this is one of my favorite weeks of the year? It’s spending the week with you! Your guesses and speculations provide entertainment money can’t buy.

Keep those guesses coming and tell me what you learn from this clue.

Have a guess? Share it in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2.

Miss an impossible clue? Check out these posts from Tuesday and Wednesday to catch up!

Make sure to check back each day for a new set of clues leading up to the big reveal. Save the date and bookmark this page to join us at 1:00 PM (CST) Monday, June 2 for the live theme reveal!

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Impossible Clue #2

20140114-075705.jpgSo how did you do with the first set of clues? I still can’t figure out what the diagram of a cow (could it be a farm theme?) and a toy robot (of course we had robots in Agency D3) have to do with each other. Oh well, the gals on the marketing team definitely have something up their sleeves.

Of course you realize your job is to guess the theme and my job is to keep you from successfully guessing the theme. Oh what a tangled web we weave…

Grab your GPS and get ready for Clue Number 2.

Any ideas yet? I believe this mission is going to require a community effort to solve. Don’t forget, I’ll be back tomorrow with another clue.

And remember to share your guess in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2. Plus, save the date and bookmark this page to join us at 1:00 PM (CST) Monday, June 2 for the live theme reveal!

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And it Begins…Impossible Clues!

20140114-075705.jpgThis is one of my favorite days of the year! It’s like Christmas morning for a six year old. A true kid in a candy store experience! This is a true Whoo-hoo moment!

Hopefully by now you can tell I’m just a little excited about the theme reveal for VBS 2015. Actually, a whole lot excited! It is one of LifeWay’s best themes yet!

Once again our marketing team and the folks at SEVEN7HSTORY Productions have hit it out of the park with the clues. I’ve seen them all, know the theme, and still couldn’t figure them out.

But of course I’m sure you will have no trouble following the clues. Don’t forget that the answer each day can typically be found in the smallest details.

So without further delay here is the first clue.

 

Think you know the theme? Share your guess in the comments section.  Then sign up in the box below to be entered to win a VBS 2015 Jump Start Kit, Preschool Starter Kit, and Kids Starter Kit! Five winners will be announced during the theme reveal blog party on June 2.

Make sure to check back each day for a new set of clues leading up to the big reveal. Save the date and bookmark this page to join us at 1:00 PM (CST) Monday, June 2 for the live theme reveal!

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