Foto Friday and a Giveaway!

katie-thumbHey VBS’ers!   Who is getting ready to join us for a VBS Preview event in Nashville or Kissimmee?  We can’t wait to see you and share the excitement of Colossal Coaster World!  Get ready for a wild ride!

Did you know we’ve been sharing lots of photos from each event on our Facebook page?  There, you can find lots of creative ideas for decorating, snacks…and even some fun costume ideas!  We’ve been updating the album with photos during each event so that you can experience the whole thing with us!

741096_10151420332574948_122765358_oIf you have or will be attending a preview event, make sure you upload your photos, as well!  We really want our Facebook page to be the hub for sharing ideas for VBS 2013.  But that doesn’t work unless everyone shares!

And because it’s Friday, how about we give a little something away, huh?  Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below to win some great Colossal Coaster World gear!

Enter below to win your very own Colossal Coaster World vendor apron, visor, collectable buttons, viewer keychains and headboppers!  You’ll be super stylish!  (If you win and you’re headed to Preview, you’ve basically already got your costume together so that you can enter to win a spot to the 2015 VBS Think Tank.  Woohoo!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Over the River…

img_5318Over the river (Little Pigeon River) and through the woods (Mt. Pisgah National Forrest) to VBS 2013 Events we go! It is going to be a COLOSSAL week!

This is the week we (LifeWay’s VBS Events Team) look forward to all year – the first in a series of awesome fun events – where VBS groupies from all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico (and sometimes even a groupie or two from Great Britain or Korea) join together for two days of exciting VBS sights and sounds!

Over 1200 VBS leaders will be our guests at Ridgecrest Conference Center later this week for worship with Dr. Shane Garrison and Austin Adamic, teaching by some of the best VBS practitioners in the country, inspiration and creativity of LifeWay’s VBS Graphics and Publishing Team, and a performance of the Colossal Coaster World Musical by a great children’s choir. AND if all this is not enough, how about 60 degree weather (we typically have ice) in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

If you are not registered for the Ridgecrest event, there is still time to join us January 18-19 in Fort Worth, January 31-February 1 in Nashville, or February 8-9 in Kissimmee. Like I said before, these events are going to be COLOSSAL so don’t miss out.

To learn how you can be part of a one of these awesome Preview events go to lifeway.com/vbs/events.

We’ll be looking for YOU!

Four Weeks and Counting…

Hopefully it is looking a lot like – and sounding a lot like – Christmas where you are today. It certainly is here in the VBS office! But it is also looking and sounding a lot like four weeks until the first national VBS Preview at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.

We are in perpetual motion putting the finishing touches on a not-to-be-missed event! We have now hit capacity at Ridgecrest and the Nashville Friday/Saturday events, but there is still room at Fort Worth, Nashville Thursday/Friday, and Kissimmee.

A complete list of breakout sessions is now available at lifeway.com/vbs/events. Check it out today!

In addition to the basics for Colossal Coaster World and Club VBS: Jungle Jaunt, you will have the opportunity to explore decorating options with Mark Jones and the VBS Design Team, be introduced to LifeWay’s newest VBS resource Backyard Kids Club, be challenged by the preaching of Dr. Shane Garrison, and participate in worship with the Austin Adamec Band.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon for the Colossal Coaster World Experience!

National Cotton Candy Day

No trip to a theme park is complete without cotton candy. In fact, it’s such an integral part of the experience, we decided to name the snack rotation for Colossal Coaster World after that wonderful mound of spun sugar goodness. Today is National Cotton Candy Day. Why not celebrate by learning how to make cotton candy that will last the entire week of VBS. It’ll even last the whole summer! Click on the video below and I’ll walk you through it step-by-step.

Cotton Candy Cafe

Fake cotton candy looks good enough to eat & is so easy to make that you’ll want to use it everywhere… promotion, registration, decoration… the list goes on and on. How do you see yourself using cotton candy during VBS at Colossal Coaster World? We want to hear your ideas!

Time Lapse Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday, friends!  If you’re starting to think about how you’ll decorate for Colossal Coaster World, you might want to check out these short videos.  We set up our time lapse camera while we were putting together the sets for our VBS video and catalog shoot so that we could show you a glimpse of how the sets go together.




You can find other decorating videos, hosted by our friend Melita, here. And even more decorating videos from our friend Mark here.

2013 VBS Planning Advice

Have you started planning for VBS 2013?  If you haven’t, no worries– you aren’t behind just yet!  Some of the VBS pros have already ordered their Super Sampler or Backyard Kids Club kits and have begun collecting ideas to make this year’s VBS a success.  If you are coordinating VBS for the very first time this year, planning can seem intimidating!  Know that we are here to help you every step of the way.

For you pro VBS planners, what’s some advice you’d share with those who may be coordinating VBS for the first time?  

How early do you order your Sampler/Super Sampler materials?

When do you begin building a team of volunteers?  How do you train them?

When do you start working on decorations?  

Looking for 2013 Club VBS resources

Brainstorming a Colossal Coaster World Photo Booth!

I’ve been thinking about ways to bring Colossal Coaster World to life inside the church building.  Besides the scream-inducing, stomach-churning that takes place during the plunge of a really fun coaster ride, one of my favorite feelings about riding a coaster is feeling the wind on my hair and face! We’ve had to re-create that feeling for a few of our 2013 photo and video shoots lately!

One way to take your 2013 VBS photo booth to the next level might be to bring in a strong fan or leaf blower to make sure your kiddos get the “wind blown” experience for their photos– it makes for some really fun pictures!  What do you think? Swap some of your ideas with us, and check out some fun DIY roller coaster photo booths!  (And stay tuned to purchase the official Colossal Coaster World VBS 2013 Stand Up.)

VBS 2013 on Pinterest!

It’s never too early to start planning, right? If you’re itching to get a jump on VBS 2013, check out our Colossal Coaster World board on the LifeWay Kids Pinterest site. There are already lots of great ideas. Here are some of my favorites…

What a cute hot dog cart! I wish I’d had this for Big Apple Advenure!Source: goscoutcreative.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

This is the same technique we used to create an “Enter” sign for Coaster Alley (Bible study) in our decorations. Fun!

Source: ohhappyday.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

A perfect roller coaster experience for younger preschoolers!

Source: ikea.com via LifeWayKids on Pinterest

What ideas have you come up with?  If you’re on Pinterest, leave us a link to your VBS 2013 board in the comment section!

Foto Friday…I'm here!

Where’s Keith? Here I am! Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while but it’s been a bit crazy, busy and hairy with the deadlines.

Okay, maybe all the hairiness is from the gorilla suit I’ve been wearing! :D

But honestly, I have been working!

So what have I been working on? I’m glad you asked!

This week, I’ve been working on the VBX 2013 Preteen Leader Pack. I love working on the VBX material! It’s always jammed packed with visuals. Here’s shot of the cover.

One of the other items I have been working on is the VBS 2013 Supersized Coaster Backdrop. This backdrop really excites me! Take a look at it and see if you can see why I love this one SO much.

Bucket rides? Nope, that’s not it! But I do love the bucket rides. Such a fun way to get from one side of the park to the other side and relax while you are doing it.

Roller coasters? Getting closer! It does have something to do with the roller coasters! Take a look at the next photo.

Check it out! You can connect multiple Supersized Coaster Backdrops and make one COLOSSAL Coaster backdrop! :D

It’s back to work now! Have a great weekend and God bless!