Fonts used in Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS

Here’s a PDF so you can see what the fonts look like:

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And here are links to where you can purchase the fonts:

Corn Dog* –
Hawksmoor –
Holiday Ranch –
Mesquite –
Playbill –
Zebrawood Fill –
Zebrawood Regular –

*Additional Note – Thanks to Ethan Dunham of Fonthead Design for offering a 50% coupon for our blog readers on the Corn Dog font!  Just type “lifewayvbs” into the coupon box on the shopping cart page.

Help! My Worship Rally DVD is messed up!!

Well, it’s not really messed up – we just added a new feature and it works differently now!!

We added a split-track feature to the Saddle Ridge Ranch Worship Rally DVD this year because of customer requests. The split-track feature allows you to turn down the voices on the DVD so you can have the instruments playing and Jeff Slaughter doing the motions, but not hear the kids voices on the DVD. Unfortunately, this has also caused some issues with playback if your TV/DVD player is not set up just right. Hopefully the tips below will help get your DVD playing like it should!

  • If your DVD plays just fine, but you can only hear either the instruments or the vocals (but not both) in the performance segments, your speakers are set to output mono instead of stereo sound OR your DVD player is not properly connected. Those performance segments have split track audio, which means the instruments are in the left stereo channel, and the vocals are in the right.
  • FIRST, if your DVD player is connected with composite cables (Red, White, Yellow), make sure you have BOTH the red and yellow cables connected properly. If your player is connected with component cables (other colors), make sure your audio cables (they will be separate) are properly connected for stereo output.
  • If this is happening on a TV with built-in speakers, just hit the menu button on your remote and set your audio output to “stereo”.
  • If you have external speakers or are using a soundboard, make sure your balance is set to the middle (not toward the left or the right).

VBS Mission Project Idea – Providing Beds to Orphans

Because Sunday, November 8th is Orphan Sunday, I wanted to let you know about a mission project opportunity that deals with helping orphans. Statistics say that there are more than 143,000,000 orphans in the world (some say up to 210,000,000), and as you are beginning to plan your Vacation Bible School, consider doing a mission project that will help meet the needs of these orphaned and abandoned children.

There are many organizations that do work to aid orphans around the world, but I want to let you know about one that was founded here in Middle Tennessee that is called Sweet Sleep. This non-profit organization was started by a friend of mine, Jen Gash, after she went on a mission trip to Moldova and saw the living conditions at the orphanage she visited.  The mission of Sweet Sleep is simple – to share God’s love by providing beds to the world’s orphaned and abandoned children.

This organization means so much to me because there is an orphanage in Moldova that I have been going to for the last 3 years, and Sweet Sleep has provided a bed for all of the children that I know and love from that orphanage. Sweet Sleep has provided beds for many of the orphanages in Moldova, and they are now working in Haiti and in Uganda.

Consider doing a “Build-a-bed” mission project for your 2010 VBS.  Their website provides information on how to do the project, plus resources like downloadable videos and craft project ideas.

Just to give you a glimpse of what they are doing in Uganda, here’s their latest video, which you can download here.


VBS Music Preview

At LifeWay Kids Conference last week, the Young Musicians Honor Choir from Oklahoma did such a great job with the premiere of the VBS 2010 Saddle Ridge Ranch music. I put together a video of some of the highlights for you, but I need to warn you ahead of time – I’m not the best videographer in the world (so you may experience some motion sickness while watching).

I really was blessed to see these kids worship as they sang these songs – It’s very touching to hear them sing “I just wanna be like Jesus” and be able to tell that they really do mean it!


Recycling VBS 2009 Decorations

While at LifeWay Kids Conference, I stuck my head into the room where the VBS 2010 classes were taught to see the decorations. Turns out the teacher of the class, Mark Jones (from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma), had taken some VBS 2009 decorations and recycled them to work with VBS 2010! My favorite was the way he turned the Railway Station from Boomerang Express into Blazing Star Stables for Saddle Ridge Ranch!  Here’s a picture of that and some more decorations from the class:

Anybody else got some ideas about recycling your VBS 2009 decorations?

First glimpse of VBS 2010 . . .


Although it’s not the primary reason we have LifeWay Kids Conference, it kinda serves as a first glimpse into VBS 2010 for those who attend. There is a premiere of the VBS 2010 musical, plus it’s the first time our VBS catalogs are available, and there are even a few classes about VBS there.

Besides giving a first glimpse of VBS 2010, this year’s conference promises to be GREAT! If you are a Kids Ministry Leader, make plans to join us in Arlington, Texas on October 12-15, 2009. In our general sessions, you’ll hear from keynote speakers and guests like Dr. Gary Chapman, D. Micheal Lindsay, John Kramp, Ken Davis, The Skit Guys, Dr. Mary Manz Simon, Dr. Richard Couey, and Chris and Diane Machen.

There are also a ton of workshops that you can attend! Click here for an alphabetical list of the workshops that are offered.

Early Bird registration rates have been extended until September 1st! And if you register and book your hotel reservation at the Sheraton Arlington by August 15th, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive one night FREE during your stay!

Here’s a link to the LifeWay Kids Conference webpage where you can get more info and download a brochure.

Hope to see you there!

Some video from VBS Day!

Thanks to our communication department for the great video of the activities from our VBS day! You can see some of the sets that were built and used during our VBS 2010 promotional video and photo shoot, see what the VBS shirts will look like for 2010, and hear from some employees who work on LifeWay VBS!


Middle Tennessee VBS Fans – You are invited!

If you happen to live in Middle Tennessee (or happen to be in the Nashville area on Wednesday, July 29th), you are more than welcome to join us at LifeWay for our annual VBS Day on Wednesday, July 29th. For the past 5 years, we have celebrated the ministry of Vacation Bible School here at LifeWay by introducing our employees to the new VBS themes and allowing them to bring their child to work to participate in the festivities!

Registration for the day begins at One LifeWay Plaza at 8:00 AM. We will have a worship rally time from 9:00 – 9:30 AM featuring Jeff Slaughter and will have stations around LifeWay where kids can do crafts,  games, etc.  from 9:30 – 11:00 AM.

If you do come, you’ll want to bring your camera, as some of the sets that will be featured in the VBS 2010 catalog will be used during VBS day!

Here’s an “official” invitation!


You are invited to LifeWay’s 6th annual VBS Celebration Day!
Wednesday, July 29th
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at One LifeWay Plaza.
Worship Rally begins at 9:00 a.m. in Van Ness Auditorium.
Rotation activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch available in the LifeWay Cafe at 11:00 a.m.

Bring your camera!
Kids of all ages welcome!

Behind the scenes at a cover photo shoot

Now that the theme is out, I thought I would give you a look at some behind-the-scenes work! We had a photo shoot for the covers of the curriculum at a farm with real live horses! We had an amazing group of kids, and the pictures are great. The horses were even good! They were very calm and the kids were so excited to get to be around them. I’ll save the pics of the kids for the covers, but here’s a few pictures of some of the VBS team who were working on site and the animals! Enjoy!

Questions from real kids . . .

We get a lot of questions about how our VBS themes are developed. Each year, it’s amazing to see how God works -
He has a way of herding us in the right direction as we pray about His plan for VBS each year. As VBS 2010 was in development, we asked a group of kids (we actually went to a CentriKid camp) a few questions about things they like and things they think are important. One question focused on things they would like to ask God. God spoke to us through those questions. The five daily session titles came from questions kids really asked. When you think about it, they are questions we often ponder at any age. Thankfully, God tells us in His Word that if any of us lack wisdom we should ask God!

The questions that make up the biblical content for Saddle Ridge Ranch for VBS 2010 are:

Who Am I?
Does God Care About Me?
What Is God’s Plan for Me?
How Can I Be Like Jesus?
What Do I Do Now?