Foto Friday…Tabletopper (NEW!)

tyrrellHi everyone! It’s Keith here for Foto Friday! I know, it’s been a while since I blogged but wow(!) I have been busy! The VBS team is getting ready to leave for the VBS Preview events.

As I am pulling together some of my promotional items for the upcoming Previews, I realized that we have a NEW promotional item that I’m really excited about! It’s the VBS 2013 Tabletopper!

The Tabletopper is two sided! Side 1 has a roller coaster car and side 2 is part of the theme. What’s cool about this is that you can use it as a photo prop! Place the tabletopper on a table or on the ground in front of the Super Size Backdrop and then stand behind it. It looks like you are riding a roller coaster! How Fun!!!

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Side 2 can be used to display to make a VBS display on a table!

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Foto Friday. . .Zippin Pippin

 

Did you know that I’m from the Memphis TN area? Did you know that I had never been to Graceland until I moved to Nashville and met my wife and took her there while we were visiting my parents? Do you know what roller coaster was Elvis Presley’s favorite? The Zippin Pippin! I got to enjoy riding the Zippin Pippin (at Libertyland) several times when I was a kid growing up in the Memphis area.

Unfortunately, Libertyland is a thing of past but thankfully, the Zippin Pippin lives on! Enjoy the video of our (Elvis and me) favorite ride!

Thank you, thank you very much!

 

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!

Foto Friday: Church on the Queensway!

I’ve decided to mix it up a little bit for Foto Friday!  Last week I promised you the full scoop on Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS at Church on the Queensway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!  It’s always incredible to me to see how VBS comes alive in small and large settings alike!  And of course, God is present no matter what size the church!  Michael Read provided the following information about their day camp VBS, and lots of great pictures.

Amazing Wonders Aviation Vacation Day Camp was absolutely phenomenal Church on the Queensway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was an awesome opportunity to bring in our community and show them Jesus and tell them about God’s amazing power and love for them.

We had a Mommy & Me program for children birth to 3 years old and their moms. They would play together and then the moms would be treated to a devotional while their little ones received an age specific teaching time.

On Sunday, July 22 we conducted our AWA Grand Finale with an intergenerational family worship service complete with a 1940’s flavour and an incredible message from our senior pastor. We saw over 2, 200 parents, friends and children in attendance. Our drama team incorporated the daily Bible Story and Bible point into a phenomenal drama in which the characters learned about God’s Amazing power!

We also designed our set in the sanctuary to resemble an airplane hangar and had our band dress up in period appropriate costumes. This was our first time doing our Grand Finale during our Sunday services and it went extremely well. Everything in the service was geared towards families and introducing our community kids to Jesus. To end the morning every child in attendance received a candy bag accompanied with a Bible. All in all we had a fantastic time!

If you’d like to share your VBS photos and stores, post them to our Facebook page, or send them to me in an email at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog.  Happy weekend!

 

Foto Friday!

The summer is beginning to wind down, but that hasn’t slowed down the photo-sharing!  Many churches are still in the midst of VBS, so the pictures just keep coming!  Big church or little church, it’s really cool to see how God uses VBS in so many different ways to convey one simple message:  Jesus saves.  I’m so excited to share another round of VBS 2012 photos with you!

Fanny Grote shared these photos from East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA. They used VBS materials while on their mission trip to Jamaica! They reported 6 decisions for Christ from their VBS.

Another great photo from East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg, PA who used VBS materials on their trip to Jamaica!

Sally Crank shared this photo from water day at Sparks Christian Fellowship in Sparks, NV. “Our Amazing Wonders week was July 9-12, 2012. We ended with 193 kids and 161 volunteers. It was an amazing week full of Gods awesome power!!! The kids had a ball, the volunteers went above and beyond. Cant wait until next year!! It is definitely my favorite week of the summer!!”

DezaRay shared this photo from New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. I thought it was so creative of them to decorate outside for recreation! How creative! “We had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G time decorating in and outside our church for VBS!”

Neal Cox shared this photo of an AWA plane at The Bible Temple in Coward SC. “The plane is made from insulation foam and covered with conact paper and is assembled like a giant balsa plane.”  Very cool!

Cathy Mattingly and Brenda Nelson, co-directors of VBS at West Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY shared that they included radio-controlled airplane flight simulator training with their Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS. WOW! Cathy said the kids had an absolute blast!!

Here’s another fun photo from Cathy and Brenda at West Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.  Love that propellor! 

Marsha Henderson from Bear Creek Baptist Church in Houston, TX shared this photo with us. “Here is our version of the Great Barrier Reef. We had such a great week with over 1000 kids. 100 kids accepted Christ as their Savior!!!! Can’t wait till next year!!!!”

Here’s a teaser for next week. I can’t wait to share all the photos from Church on the Queensway in Toronto Ontario, Canada– a church that does VBS REALLY BIG!

 

If you’d like to share your VBS photos and stores, post them to our Facebook page, or send them to me in an email at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog.  Happy weekend!

Foto Friday!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday!  I love Fridays, but I also really love Mondays because I usually return to work and open an inbox full of pictures and stories from YOU about your week of VBS!  Please continue to share those!  I never tire of being reminded of how God uses the ministry of Vacation Bible School to bring others to Himself.  Here are a few of this week’s pictures!

This plane is sitting outside New Life Assembly of God in Landisburg, PA. Their VBS was this week- July 23-27th. The photo was submitted us by Lisa Moyer who said the plane attracted lots of attention!

Water of Life Community Church in Fontana California built a two level spotting tower next to their hanger with a 1/3 scale Electra-10 (Amelia Earhart’s Plane) flying over the first few rows.

Make sure you click to view the full-size version of this photo. It was sent to us by Julie Monroe from Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. “We chose to decorate our Worship Rally a little bit differently; we re-created 5 of the 6 wonders for our Main Stage! My mother Carol and I spent the past 6 months working on the wonders and it was AMAZING FUN!”

This Worship Rally Hangar photo was sent to us by Amy Dillard of Union #3 Baptist Church in Ball Play, AL.

This is one of my favorite pictures! Anderson Bond has taken his VBS airplane to 5 different churches to excite hundreds of kids about Amazing Wonders Aviation Vacation Bible School!

Here’s an Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS setup from Richmond Hill Baptist Church in Boonville, NC. They had a total enrollment of around 180 with an average attendance of 140. Not pictured, they used an actual wooden propeller of a crashed plane to get kids excited as they enter the Worship Rally Hangar!

This photo was sent to us from Chris Crosswhite at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Newcastle, OK. The hangar was hand painted by a wonderful lady at the church and in the lower left corner, she even included snoopy and his house.  The propeller on the plane rotated, and the plane and the air traffic control tower were used for puppets of Bill Rogers and Amelia Erhart!

Wild things can happen when you say Yes to VBS! Jason McNair and Geek of the Week Debbie Chidester got “sundae’d” as part of Family Night at First Baptist Church of West Valley City. Congratulations, kids, for bringing in a combined weight of over 80 lbs of pennies and over 800 items for missionaries in Alaska!

If you’d like to share your VBS photos and stories, feel free to post them to our Facebook page, or send them to me in an email at katie.decillo@lifeway.com.  Make sure you include the name of your church and a description of the photo!  Image size must be a minimum of 1024×678 in order to be shared on the blog!

Foto Friday…product testing!

One of the joys of my job is getting to test some potential VBS products and promotional samples. Not all of the samples become actual VBS products and some change from what we initially see to the final product. Occasionally I get my daughter to help me! So, with that said, enjoy!
These are just a few samples of things we looked at. They may not necessarily become a promotional product.

My daughter testing some glasses. Do you think they are TOO big?

What do you think about my new glasses? TOO flashy?

I gotta run to catch the next ride! ! !

Rhonda and Carol “modeling” some sample shirts.

EDIT: the shirts are prototypes for the leader shirt. It will be solid color (not the 2 tone. ..believe me, we were surprised when that one came in!) with the coaster car coming down into the pocket. As for the material, they are actually very breathable and a light material. Also, don’t worry, will have the t-shirt too!

Finally, I missed posting Rhonda’s theme park photo from last week and I wanted to make sure you had to opportunity to enjoy her family at Sea World! What a bunch of nuts! lol!

Have a blessed day!

Foto Friday…Theme Park Photos!

Wow! Colossal Coaster World! I can’t wait to go! I love theme parks. . .and photos! So for today’s Foto Friday, I wanted to share some photos of the VBS theme when they were younger and at a theme park!

Enjoy!

Lynne (on the left) working the train at Opryland!

Carol (on the left) at Walt Disney World!

Melita with Snow White!

Darlene (on the right) at Opryland!

Darlene and her dad at Opryland!

Darlene and Guitar Man at Opryland!

Candace at the 1982 World’s Fair!