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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6 Ways to Use Backyard Kids Club This Summer

bethanyOne of my favorite things about working on the VBS team is hearing about how people adjust VBS curriculum to meet the specific needs of their church and community. From different schedule combinations to innovative  solutions to decorating challenges, you guys are so creative and forward thinking! I’m always amazed by what you do.

Maybe because it’s already such a flexible curriculum, some of the most exciting innovations I’ve heard about this year come from churches using the Backyard Kids Club curriculum. In no particular order, here are a few favorites I’ve heard about recently, many of which will be happening this summer.

1. BKC curriculum used once a week with adult special needs students during a regular meeting time they already have at the church.

2. Using BKC Bible study folders on Wednesday nights with the regular church kids to make sure they don’t miss the content (at a church that exclusively does BKCs in local neighborhoods and has no regular VBS.)

3. Teachers doing BKC in a neighborhood where many of their students live in hopes that they can eventually grow it large enough to use the school building for BKC, making it a central feature of their children’s summer.

4. An Agency D3 themed bash for special needs kids.

5. Using BKC in homes, parks, and schools across the city to reach friends and neighbors who might not normally be comfortable in church, but are happy to have something fun for their kids to do on those boring summer mornings or evenings.

6. Taking the compact BKC Kit on a mission trip in a nearby community, or around the world.

Those are just a few ideas. I know there are many other ways to use Backyard Kids Club curriculum! Are you using BKC this summer? Comment to let us know how you’ll be doing it. If you’re not, be in prayer for those who are, as well as all those preparing to do VBS across the country in just a few weeks! We’re praying for you here at LifeWay. You’re our heroes!

Geek of Week Ann Flavin

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  1. I am the VBS Director.  I have been directing VBS at the Conneautville Church of Christ since 2004.  I had one summer off when my family took a trip across the country so this year will actually be my 10th VBS.  Interestingly enough, by the time I finally agreed to direct VBS, I had been asked several times and said no.  My youngest son was barely a year old and I kept saying it wasn’t really my time, etc.  I have three older boys as well and they were only 8, 6 1/2, and 4 1/2 at the time.  I hadn’t even really volunteered at VBS yet.  When I was told that there would be no VBS because no one would take it on I felt the spirit nudging (OK pushing really hard) and I stepped up and took on the position of VBS director.  I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or what I was getting into but I knew with certainty that this was what God wanted me doing.  That year was a real learning process but I had some good mentors and great volunteers and we had a great VBS.  I have been hooked ever since.
  2. What was my “geekiest” moment?  Wow that is really hard because there are so many to choose from!  I think that when I spent our New Year’s Eve party planning, promoting and recruiting for VBS has to rank right up there though.  My friends certainly thought it was pretty geeky when I was all excited showing them the VBS preview videos.   Everyone jokes about how I find a way to bring VBS into most conversations all year round.   At VBS one of my most VBS geeky moments had to be last year when I allowed some of the volunteers to turn me into a human cotton candy!  Teased hair with pink and blue hair spray complete with a white cone wrapper.  It took me hours to get that out of my hair!!
  3.  My favorite VBS theme.  Every year the one that I am doing is my favorite theme!  (And I have to say I am super excited for Agency D3 this year.  It is going to be amazing!!)   However, I think that Boomerang Express is probably one of my all time favorites.  I love the tag line “It all comes back to Jesus”, that hit a home run with the kids.  They really seem to get the connection of Jesus with their lives.  The theme and decorations were a lot of fun too.  We are a very small rural community (if you Google Conneautville, PA it will tell you the population is less than 800 people.)  So at VBS, we took all the kids on a trip to Australia and it was an experience I don’t think they will forget.  It is hard to explain in words (I will send pictures) but we actually built a train out of 2x4s and cardboard that the kids would get into and with sound effects they would “travel” through Australia.  When they got out of the train (on the other side of the wall) they were in the Australian outback.  Talking about geeky VBS moments, I actually dressed in a Kangaroo costume that year at the closing program.  The kids met their Missions giving goal so I got the Kangaroo costume!
  4.  You might be a VBS geek if you and your family mark the passage of time based on VBS themes.   Something like, “That was the year of Artic Edge”.  You might also be a VBS geek if you get excited about cardboard and foam insulation board.  (Last year, when we did Colossal Coaster World, I got very excited about pipe insulation!)  Your most definitely a VBS geek if you feel like EVERYONE should get involved in VBS.  (You know being a geek is not always bad, everyone should have a role reaching our community for Jesus Christ.  You just have to figure out where their passion is and plug them in.)
  5. Honestly, the leading of God through his Spirit is what keeps me doing VBS.  Every year in the fall I wonder if I should do another VBS.  Can I put together another great week?  Will there be the volunteers?  Does my family want to go through this again?  But God does not provide the prompting for something he does not equip us for.  My family and closest friends are my greatest support (after my faith in Jesus Christ) and despite the fact that we practically live at the church for two weeks before VBS each year (pretty much all but sleep there), they continue to be supportive of my VBS ministry.  I am a blessed woman!  I feel very strongly about the power of VBS to reach the families of our communities for Jesus Christ.  I go big because I can and because that is what God puts in my heart.  I will not deny that I get excited when I think/talk/plan/execute VBS.  I love coming up with outrageous ideas for decorations and creative ways to show God’s love.  We try to give the kids in our community that may not have much, an experience of a lifetime each summer.  Each year it is an experience the families will remember and when they do it is my prayer that those memories are connected to the love Jesus Christ has for them.  When I first started VBS I thought it was for the children but as I mature and continue to serve in this ministry I am seeing that VBS is not just for the children but for the entire family.  We have extended VBS to 3.5 hours and added an adult discussion group and family lunches to our VBS over the last several years.  We also are very intentional about getting the tweens and teens involved in VBS.  All of this designed to give us an opportunity to meaningfully reach into the lives of the families in our communities.  I believe in planting seeds.  When I do VBS I may be a sower or the one who waters and possibly even a harvester once in a while.  But it does not matter to me which one I am as long as I am fulfilling my commission to love God and love people.  How long will I do VBS?  (I know you didn’t ask that question.)  I will continue to do VBS as long as I am able and possibly longer if that is what God directs me to do.

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