Foto Friday … Digital Clip Art Download!!!

Hi everyone from sunny Orlando (actually Kissimmee)! I am really excited to finally let you know about our new digital download. . .VBS 2012: Digital Clip Art. I’ve talked to you about  the other digital downloads we have.

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Airplane Props for the VBS Musical

If you were fortunate enough to attend the Nashville VBS Previews and see the children’s choir from The People’s Church in Franklin, TN, you would’ve seen these cute airplanes they added to the theme song! Several people have asked where the choir purchased these. The choir director ordered them a few years ago from Oriental Trading. They currently are out of stock or no longer carry them, but we’re thinking they just might make them available again if there are enough requests!

Official title and product number: “Amazing Airplane”  IN-61/9054.

Every year we get questions about “that program the kids presented” at the VBS Previews! You’ll find the musical printed in The Music Book (005404192) which sells for $5.99. This book contains the six VBS 2012 songs along with the written drama and production notes. Be sure to check it out!

Decorating Worship Rally. . .Time Lapse!

Hi everyone! I know, I’m usually a Friday blogger but I found this video this weekend on our LifeWay VBS 2013 website that I wanted to share.

This is a time lapse video of Melita, Gordon and Pam putting the Worship Rally set up.

The jokester in me wanted to say that this was in real time and that Melita, Gordon and Pam had just drank a pot of coffee EACH but I decided to be nice. :P

Enjoy!

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Foto Friday. . .Surprise Clip Art

Yesterday was Groundhog Day and that little guy saw his shadow, so that means six more weeks of winter. It’s been nice here in Nashville with the highs in the 60s. . .I can handle six more weeks of this! :D

Today is Friday, it’s supposed to be sunny and in the 60s, so that can mean only one thing. . .Foto Friday! ! !

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EXPO Foam Plane

It has definitely been busy here lately. The VBS team has just finished our 4th event (Nashville Previews)! We have met a lot of fun people and taken a lot of photos!

Our airplane photos have been a LOT of fun! You can see them at our VBS Facebook page. Below are the specific links to each event:

1. Ridgecrest Preview

2. Ft. Worth Preview

3. Nashville’s 2 Previews

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Decorating Missions

Missions Under the Northern Lights

Are you leading a missions rotation this year and drawing a blank on how to decorate your room for Missions Under the Northern Lights? Well, it’s a good thing for the Decorating Made Easy with Clip Art CD. This handy book includes step-by-step instructions to help you create an environment like the one you see here:

Decorating Made Easy is also filled with tons of other ideas in case you want to do simple and quick decorations.

Use these tips to get your decorating juices flowing:

Tip #1: Save artificial Christmas greenery. Your church may have a large supply of artificial greenery for use during the Christmas season. Undecorated Christmas trees will make a fabulous woodland forest. Ask other VBS leaders and church members if they are willing to bring you their artificial tree for use during the week of VBS. And watch for those after-Christmas sales.

Tip #2: Light up the night with Christmas lights. Hang Christmas lights and shimmering fabric from the ceiling to create an “under the stars” feeling in your missions room.

Tip #3: Super-size it. New this year is a Super Duper Size Backdrop that gives you instant “wow!” It features all six natural wonders, so you can use them together as a giant mural, or you can separate them.

Tip #4: Cover the ground. If kids are going to be sitting under the Northern Lights, make sure they’re comfortable by covering the floor with artificial turf.

Your kids are going to have a great time learning all about missions this summer during Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS!

Check out the “Amazing Decorating Tips with Melita” clip.

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Coordinates for Yellowknife— 62˚ 27’16.8624″N 114˚ 22′ 35.295″W

Note: Although the Northern Lights can be seen from many places in the world, Yellowknife a Northwest Territory of Canada is known as the aurora tourism capital.

Decorating Recreation at the Grand Canyon!

Recreation is more fun with the Grand Canyon as your playground. Even if you utilize an outdoor area for your recreation time, you can apply these decorating ideas to hallways and entrances in your church.

If you want to make something that looks like this . . .

. . . complete instructions are found in the Decorating Made Easy book.

Tip #1: Two-inch Styrofoam® makes a great canyon. It’s affordable. It’s easy to work with, and it’s easy to paint. Be sure to use wall paint rather than spray paint. You’ll want to put a base coat of paint on the foam because it does tend to absorb the paint.

Tip #2: Get a jigsaw. We use a lot of two-inch thick foam to create cool things for VBS. While a jigsaw is not necessary, it does make cutting the foam much easier.

Tip #3: Use the diagrams provided in the Decorating Made Easy book. Melita has already gone through the trial and error of sketching the canyon art onto the large foam sheets. She’s made the diagrams to scale so it will be easy for you.

Tip #4: Leave the plastic sheathing on the foam for drawing your outlines and cutting. Remove it for painting—or your paint won’t dry!

Tip #5: Keep it fun and keep it simple! Hang a few VBS 2012 Inflatable Airplanes through the hallway on the way to your recreation area. The VBS 2012 Quick Scene™ Amazing Wonders Super Duper Sized Backdrop is also an affordable and easy option to add some fun to your recreation areas.

Watch the “Amazing Decorating Tips with Melita” clip for even more details on how to make your own Grand Canyon!

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Coordinates for the Grand Canyon— 36˚ 03’19″N 112˚07’19″W

VBS Sightings at KMC Week!

It’s been a great week so far as our buildings have been filled with lots of Kids’ Ministry friends. You never know who you might meet on the elevator! As folks started to arrive on Monday, I wandered around to see some of the fun things that were happening. 

People were scurrying to early bird conferences and trying to decipher our challenging floor plan here at LifeWay. But, it’s always a pleasure to help point someone in the right direction. Lots of folks found Jeff Slaughter’s VBS music conference. I think I heard rumors about a Flash Mob being organized.

Jerry Wooley introduces Jeff Slaughter at KMC.

The LifeWay bookstore display was almost set up when I went by, and look what I found! VBS 2012 things already for sale!

VBS 2012 is here!

I love our Giant Inflatable Globe. I have tons of ideas for ways to use it. Come to think of it, I may need several!

Gotta have one of these! Or more!

The exhibits were in progress. Here are a few of our hard working friends getting the LifeWay Kids display picture perfect.

Getting it just right!

If you missed this year, you really missed a blessing, and we missed seeing you. :(

Hope to see you next year!

First Official Geek of the Week – Debbie Muller

I am so excited that I get to introduce one of my Illinois friends as the First Official VBS Geek of the WeekDebbie Muller works for the Illinois Baptist State Association in Springfield, Illinois and is a MEGA VBS FAN. She got our team’s attention at previews with her custom designed VBS jewelry. (Check out that subway token bling on her ears! Debbie is the one on the right.)

Debbie's VBS Bling!

Illinois hosts one of our earliest early bird conferences and Debbie volunteers every year to get things ready… in a BIG WAY!! Jerry Wooley often comes “back to the ranch” with tales about how they outdid themselves again this year. Here’s evidence of one of his IL trips! According to Debbie, this fully operational bull ride was given to one of the IL cowboy churches after Saddle Ridge Ranch was over. I guess VBS rides again!

Ride 'em, Jerry!

I asked Debbie some questions about her passion for VBS. Here’s part of our interview:

Me: What has been your “geekiest” VBS moment?

Debbie: For Arctic Edge we borrowed a moose head and hauled it all the way across town in the back of a pick-up truck. Oh, the looks we got!! We had to work to hang the thing with moving straps, then carefully suggest that folks might not want to stand under it… just in case!

(She also had great stories about big foam medical boxes she got for free, but covered up so much of the windshield, she could hardly see out. Or driving all over Illinois with a car filled with surfboards… think about that one for a minute and it’ll hit you! Or driving down the interstate with a Ramblin’ Road Trip travel trailer in the bed of her pickup truck! She had me laughing so hard I think I disturbed all my hallway office neighbors!)

Me: What is your favorite VBS theme to date?

Debbie: That’s hard because I like them all. But, I really like Ramblin’ Road Trip because I had actually been to all those places and had pictures and stories to share.

Me: What makes you continue to do VBS year after year?

Debbie: I just love it. It’s hard to explain – it’s like chocolate, you just gotta have it! I just have that much fun with it.

Me: How would you complete this sentence? You might be a VBS Geek if …

Debbie: You can sing ALL the VBS songs. My knees still hurt when I sing “Jehovah Jireh.” I don’t do rap, but I rapped John 3:16!

Love that VBS music!

Me: Will we see you at one of the VBS Previews?

Debbie: I’m bringing a van full to Nashville! I’m helping as a volunteer in Expo! Woo hoo!

Debbie (on the right) loves takin' it to the streets!!


Debbie’s enthusiasm was contagious as she talked about past VBS experiences and the “it’ll do everything but fly” airplane her husband is building for Amazing Wonders Aviation next year. But, what really impressed me the most was her true spirit of what VBS is all about – telling kids about Jesus. Debbie not only volunteers to help with state and local training of workers, but she works!! Debbie volunteers at 3 or 4 VBS’s every summer in addition to working in her own church’s VBS. Now THAT’S passion!

Thanks, Debbie, for all you do for the Kingdom! And for saying, “Yeh-yeh-yeh-yeh- yes! to Vuh-vuh-vuh-VBS!!”

Kids Say the Most Memorable Things

 

When my kids were young, I used to spend hours and risk major hand cramps to decorate “memory-making” birthday cakes from Transformers to Barbie dolls. Then, one day when my son was in college I overheard a conversation about “memories of growing up.” With a smile I listened, thinking all that hard work was about to pay off! He was talking about birthday cakes! He described in glowing terms how he LOVED those candy peel off decorations that you just plop on the cake! My ego crashed! What about all those hand cramps for squeezing out a gazillion stars? What about the cost of the special food coloring that makes REAL black and red? My ego took a hard hit that day, but it was a light bulb moment. It wasn’t about the pizzazz. It was about the memory. It was what felt like a new, fun thing for my son.

I think VBS decorations can take us on that same “what’s important” ride. Don’t get me wrong. I am extremely visual. That’s how I learn best. The visual stimulus charges my engines. But at the end of the day when I talk to the kids at my church, what impacted each child most. Was it the set, or was it the teacher who took the time to sit with them, or listen to the long description of something they needed to say, or smiled at them when they felt overlooked, or just plain loved on ‘em really good!

 

I’ve been thinking. What were the biggest take-aways by our kids? Help me find out. Share with me some of the greatest kids’ quotes from your VBS. Add your comment here. I can’t wait to share experiences!