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!

A Peek at the Preschool Paks!

Hey y’all,  I am so excited to show you some changes to the 2013 Activity Paks for preschoolers. These handle books are both keepsake books and teaching tools. They bring the theme park to life through a great story with interactive punch-out shapes.

Take a look!

The books are bigger (about 6 x 9.5 inches) and, thanks to your great feedback, we’ve kept the handle to make it easy for little ones to hold and carry. Five punch-out shapes can be tied to the handle and matched to images in the book. You’ll also find a punch-out picture frame on the back cover. For a great souvenir of the week, take a 4-by-6-inch picture of a child (or your class) and insert it into the back cover. Five activity pages follow the 15-page story and reinforce the heart of what kids need to know each day.

Another cool twist . . . books for both age-groups are about the same family as they explore the sights, sounds, and smells of a theme park. See and Hear with Your Eyes and Ears (for Babies–2s) highlights the experiences of a 2-year-old boy, while in Click, Clack, Up the Track (for 3s–Kindergarten), his big sister goes on her first roller coaster ride. Both books reinforce our Bible verse “God helps me. I will not be afraid.” Hebrews 13:6 

We hope that these activity paks will help you as you teach this coming summer and as you follow up with preschoolers and their parents!