Here’s a reminder of what the image was.
Any ideas? Did I hear someone say duct tape? Yes, you are correct!
It’s our “Outlet Safe” craft from VBX!
Who knew that there is day for being marooned without a compass? I love that we can find reasons to celebrate/honor odd days. I mean, who thought, “I know! November 6th should be Marooned Without a Compass Day”? Was it someone who had recently been marooned and rescued? Was it someone who had just finished watching the Tom Hanks movie, Castaway? I’m not sure what the history behind the day is, but I thought it would be fun to poll the VBS team (in honor of Wilson, the volleyball) to see what VBS item they would want to have with them if they were marooned without a compass. I, of course, would take the VBS tablecloths. You can make a lean-to, rain poncho, sleeping bag, or any number of items.
So, in no certain order, here are the responses:
Keith— The giant inflatable to use as a raft.
Rhonda—Wanted to say the inflatable, but she changed to the tablecloths. And since it only said, “No compass,” She’s thinking her pack would have duct tape etc. She would put up a temporary shelter, use them to keep things waterproof, tote the food she would find when she’s foraging, and set a fine table for whomever wanders by.
Gordon—Decided to be all spiritual on us and said The New Testament of course! But he also gave props to Survivorman, Les Stroud for teaching him all he needs to know.
Bethany—Wanted to take the Rocket Pack Jack Stand-up, so she would have a friend. (Kind of like Wilson in Castaway.)
Mary—Opted for the Special Agent Watch, which she thought had a GPS function – thus allowing someone to find her. She was just going to enjoy the scenery until they arrived, but we hated to inform her it might be a long wait since the watch doesn’t have GPS. It does, however, have a cool laser light with which she could entertain small animals and a working watch so she could keep track of just how long she was marooned.
Candace—Settled on taking the balloons, so she could tie them to something and fly away. She has her movies confused – that would have been Up.
Melita—Of course Melita is the rebel on the team, she said she would take duct tape. Because even though it’s not an official VBS accessory, you can’t do VBS without it!
So there you have it. What VBS accessory would you take if you were marooned without a compass?
Friends, we have some exciting news. You can be among the first to preview the all-new Agency D3 Worship Rally videos! On Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00PM CST, we will live stream all of the videos for the 2014 Worship Rally. Be sure to save the date, bookmark this page, and share your thoughts with us on Twitter using hashtag #AgencyD3 while you watch!
While this type of enlistment will result in a few volunteers, it is often the volunteers who say, “I’m happy to help but I can’t teach and don’t want to be in a classroom with kids.”
So now you have a dilemma. You just made an “all-hands-0n-deck” plea, but you don’t know what to do with people who made the above statement.
Before you ask for volunteers, make a list of all the possible ways someone could make a director’s life easier both before and during the week of VBS. Keep the list with you at all time and be ready (AND WILLING) to delegate a project the moment someone even hints at volunteering.
A few of the things on my personal list would be:
Let me know what jobs you would add to the list.
The Agency D3 Jump Start Kit is now shipping! Want to know what all the fuss is about? You came to the right place. Today, we’re going to unpack the kit to show you everything that is included and why it is a must-have for VBS directors.
You’ll remember from this post that Starter Kits have now replaced samplers. The Jump Start Kit is designed to give VBS directors a jump start in planning, promoting, choosing dates, and enlisting volunteers.
The Agency D3 Jump Start Kit includes an Administrative Guide for Directors, a copy of Decorating Made Easy, Music for Kids CD, a sample of the Kids Evidence Kit for Grades 1-6, Special Agent Carabiner, Special Agent Rearview Sunglasses, Catalog, Jump Start Poster, Promotional DVD, a master of the new Takin’ It Home CD, and an exclusive Director’s Badge, all packaged in an official Agency D3 metal attache case.
Let’s take a look at each piece:
So there you have the Agency D3 Jump Start Kit! You can pick one up at any LifeWay Store or order here today!
Hello Agents! It’s time for this week’s “What is It?“! I gave you a break last week. Actually I gave myself a break to find something really good. . .because you are TOO smart and keep guessing what it is! LOL!
Here we go. What is it?
What do you think? Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a VBS craft or snack? Will you DEFEND your choice?
Give me your best, craziest, funniest responses!
The following post is written by Dr. Shane Garrison. Dr. Garrison has served as assistant professor of Educational Ministries in the Campbellsville University School of Theology for the past five years. He additionally serves as president and lead consultant of Maple Trail Ministry Consultants.
I can’t wait for LifeWay’s VBS Agency D3 – Discover Decide Defend. This year is going to be unlike any previous year in that we encourage our kids to take a hard look at the truths of the Bible and then learn how to defend what they believe in an ever-changing world.
The pattern and sequence is intentional. We start by helping kids DISCOVER the truths of Scripture. Then we ask them to DECIDE if they really believe what the Bible says about God, Jesus, and the way to be saved. If so, then we help them DEFEND these truths in a world that is hostile, even angry, at such beliefs. Discover Decide Defend makes perfect sense to me.
I can assure you as a parent of two elementary-age kids, the Christian worldview is under intense attack in our schools, communities, and country as our culture becomes far more religiously pluralistic and secular. Anybody, including our kids, who takes a stand for biblical convictions and truth are seen as intolerant and out of line. Our culture has determined we Christians can hold to our faith privately, but should never proclaim that faith publicly.
This is the world our kids live in and will continue to live in as they grow older. So giving our children the tools to discover, decide, and defend their beliefs is vitally important.
It might be asked, however, “How is this VBS evangelistic? How does Agency D3 share the Gospel of Jesus with unbelieving children and students?”
The answer lies in the power of apologetics. Apologetics is simply defending the faith. It is being able to stand for what you believe in and clearly explain how your faith is not built upon shifting sand, but on the rock solid Word of God. We must be able to defend the reality of Jesus and his death on the cross as the only means of salvation. “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
Apologetics is being able to say, “I believe this truth because…” It is simply always being “ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15) And our kids desperately need this – both believing children and unbelieving children.
For believing children, being able to discover decide defend will help them shore up any questions or doubts they might be facing. It will provide for them a stronger foundation to stand upon.
For unbelieving children, we get the opportunity to teach them the essential truths of the Bible that will hopefully lead them to believe, not in some fairy tale, myth, or legend, but in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are showing (and hopefully proving) to these children that Jesus is real and He really died for their sin and if they really trust in Him, He will really save them. Discover DECIDE Defend.
I believe apologetics is a powerful evangelistic tool. One that has been in use by Christian pastors, teachers and leaders for more than 1000 years.
My all-time favorite VBS organization tip is The Daily Sack – or The Daily Box. It requires a little pre-planning and preparation, but it is a sure cure for the daily stress and anxiety of trying to locate everything needed at the last minute.
The concept is almost too simple to mention, but I’m sure it will become one of your favorite all-time tips as well.
Step 1: Gather six large paper grocery bags or, especially with the theme Agency D3, six file boxes.
Step 2: Label bags/boxes with the day of each session. For example, the first sack would be labeled “Day 1″. Label the sixth bag/box “Daily Supplies”.
Step 3: Schedule time in one sitting to look over all five sessions of the leader guide. Make three lists of needed items for each session. One for items to gather from around your home or the church resource room. The second list for items that need to be purchased. And the third list for resources that need to be cut out or constructed. Remove resources from the leader pack and separate them by the sessions they are to be used. You should end up with six stacks: one for each day, plus one for items that will be used every day. Place each stack of resources in the appropriate sack or box.
Step 4: With the first two lists in hand, make a trip to the church resource room and store. Try to gather all supplies in one trip. Once you return home, separate the supplies into the appropriate sack or box.
Step 5: Set aside a time to complete all projects on the third list and place the items in the appropriate sack.
Step 6: On the day of VBS just grab your sack and go!
You are correct Kimberly, it is a snack and it is a cookie mustache, peanut butter nose with chocolate chip nostrils! Do you have hidden cameras in my office and can see what I’m going to do for “What is It?” Quick! How many fingers am I holding up!?!?!
This week’s photo is one of our snacks called, “Disguise on a Stick” and it looks yummy!
The day we announced our VBS 2014 theme, one well-known apologist tweeted: “FANTASTIC! 2014 VBS curriculum from @Lifeway focuses on apologetics for kids. Excellent!” Since then we’ve heard many of you express the same kind of excitement about this Bible content designed to help kids discover the truth about who Jesus is and defend their faith in a culture that is often hostile toward Christianity. But we also know that “apologetics” is an unfamiliar word to some. Consider this your crash course. Are you ready?
What is apologetics?
Simply put, apologetics is the defense of the faith. It comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “a reasoned defense.” Just like attorneys use evidence and reasoning to defend their clients in court, Christian apologists point to concrete evidence and give well-reasoned answers to defend the truth of Christianity.
The purpose of apologetics is not winning an argument. The purpose is to draw people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, the cornerstone and foundation of our faith.
What about evangelism?
Apologetics goes hand-in-hand with evangelism. In fact, apologetics could even be described as pre–evangelism. For those who question the Christian faith, apologetics uses logical answers as springboards for sharing the gospel. Ours is not a blind faith; it is a faith firmly rooted in history and evidence.
Apologetics can also be described as post–evangelism. At some point, everyone will have his beliefs directly challenged, whether by a friend, teacher, family member, or the ever-pervasive media. When those “points of crisis” come along, we must be able to fall back on those foundational pillars of our faith and be assured not only of what we believe, but also why we believe it. Matthew 22:37 commands us to love God not only with our hearts and souls, but also with our minds.
Why are so many young people growing up and leaving their faith behind? It’s because the Christian community is failing to engage their minds as well as their hearts. As kids ministry leaders, we can give children a priceless gift by helping them to think biblically and to defend their faith before they leave our sphere of influence.
Can’t we hold off until they get to the youth group?
Let me answer this question with another question. Can we really afford to wait?
While teaching in VBS two summers ago, a kindergartner said to me, “My daddy says God isn’t real, so His Son isn’t real either.” What this 6-year-old was really saying was: “Tell me why what you’re saying is true.”
We must give kids reasons why Christianity is objectively true, why the Bible is God’s inspired and infallible Word, why we can know that Jesus was more than just a good man and that His resurrection is not a myth or elaborate hoax. If not, we risk losing our children and generations to follow.
As kids ministry leaders, we don’t have to have all the answers… and we don’t even have to pretend to. But we do need to be available to kids and help them work through their questions, doubts, and uncertainties honestly. This will become very important as they enter the teenage years and young adulthood… but it begins now. It begins in VBS. It begins with leaders who will not only help kids discover the truth, and introduce them to a Savior who died for them, and build a foundation for life-long faith in them, but who will show them by example how to live it out.