Facts & Trends announces the 2009 VBS Photo Contest

Hey guys – here’s some information on the VBS 2009 Photo Contest!!!!

Boomerang Express and Club VBS: Truth Trek photos welcome!!

Facts & Trends Online (FTO) staff is once again inviting churches and individuals to submit photos for the annual Vacation Bible School Photo Contest. This year, all submissions will be archived at the LifeWay News page on Facebook, a social networking Web site.

Submissions of Boomerang Express and Club VBS: Truth Trek photos will be organized into photo albums labeled with geographical regions, so users can easily view nationwide photos of contest submissions.

Participants can enter photos by sending an e-mail to factsandtrends@lifeway.com. The e-mail should include a photo title, the name of the church represented, the church’s address in addition to the submitter’s name, phone number and e-mail address. All entries must be received by Monday, Aug. 3, to be eligible.

Each participant can submit up to two photos that meet the following criteria:
- 300 dpi.
- JPEG format.
- Features at least one VBS participant (pictures of only landscapes or decorations will not be accepted).
- Features either the Boomerang Express or Club VBS: Truth Trek themes.

Beginning with the first entries in early June, the photo albums at the LifeWay News page on Facebook will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday as needed to include the most recent photographs.

Facebook fans of the LifeWay News page are invited to comment on and “tag” the photos. FTO staff reserves the right to edit or delete any comments or tags. Fans will also receive a reminder to help choose the winning entry at the contest’s conclusion.
After Aug. 3, staff will narrow submissions to the top 10 entries and post those entries at LifeWay.com/factsandtrends for a public vote from Aug. 5-14. FTO staff, along with representatives from LifeWay’s VBS area, will name the Grand Prize winner on Monday, Aug. 24.

The winning photo will be featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Facts & Trends magazine and the church represented will receive a 2010 VBS Super Sampler Kit compliments of LifeWay’s VBS area.

Please note: Because photos will be posted online, users who submit photos must notify parents or legal guardians of minors photographed to ensure consent before submitting entries.

Visit LifeWay.com/FactsandTrends or the LifeWay News page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the contest. Contest entries and questions can be submitted to facts&trends@lifeway.com.

VBS Tools Online is available!

LifeWay’s VBS Tools Online makes managing your VBS easier than ever! Planning and organizing is a breeze with these tools that help you manage departments, class rolls, class schedules, emergency contacts, allergy information, and more. You’ll even get a custom VBS web site for your church that will allow teachers and leaders to volunteer online. You won’t ever have to re-enter their data…it’s all stored in VBS Tools Online and waiting for you the next time you log in. VBS Tools Online works with both Boomerang Express and Club VBS: Truth Trek, so check it out!

Heading east on Tuesday . . .

Well, we have a crew headed east from Nashville on Tuesday to be at Ridgecrest for the VBS Institute and VBS Preview Event. There’s a whole truckful of stuff already making its way there, and we’ll be working hard to get it set up and organized for when the first crew of people get there on Thursday! I’m really looking forward to Friday night, when we will have over 1,400 people there! I plan on posting lots of pics (some on the blog, but more on our facebook page), maybe some video, and hopefully and interview with Jeff Slaughter!

I’m a little disappointed because it looks like it might rain while we are there – but I know the rain won’t stop the fun. If you are going to the preview, let me know by commenting on this post! Can’t wait to see you there!

LifeWay's VBS 2009 Themes Announced!

Hey guys – Here is some initial info on the VBS themes for 2009. You’ll want to check out www.lifeway.com/vbs2009  for the biblical content,  plus free downloads of the theme songs and logos!

Boomerang Express
Hop on board! Take a thrilling ride across the Land Down Under with LifeWay’s Boomerang Express! As kids wind their way across Australia, they’ll discover the vastness of God’s love, and they’ll learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life – it all comes back to Jesus.

Club VBS: Truth Trek
Can you dig it? This summer transform your church into a dig site of discovery that’ll help kids uncover the treasures of God’s truth as they learn to obey His commands and understand that Jesus is the power by which we live.