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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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!