What to Save for Crafts in 2015

carol_editedIt’s that time of year again, you’ve finished VBS 2014 and may be wondering why think about VBS 2015. Because it’s never too early to start saving supplies and get a head start. With that in mind I am going to give you a top ten list of items to start saving:

 

 

 

  1. Burlap
  2. Dowel rods
  3. Old crayons (ones that the paper can be peeled from)
  4. Smooth river rocks
  5. Small candy tins with lids
  6. 5×7 frame mats
  7. Pencil cap erasers
  8. Ribbon, twine, or raffia
  9. Dried flowers or leaves
  10. Wooden beads

Let the VBS 2015 Shopping Begin!

wooley1 2013A group of enthusiastic VBS Groupies recently asked me what they should be shopping for now that will be useful for Journey Off the Map™. If you are thinking ahead and have storage room, Summer clearance sales can be a great opportunity to purchase decorations for pennies on the dollar.

In addition to discount and hobby stores, be sure to check out hardware and garden centers, toy stores, the seasonal section of your grocery store, and party stores. I have also captured good finds at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.

Here are a few bargains I have found in recent weeks that will make great additions to VBS 2015 decorations:

  • Butterfly kites (2 sizes)
  • Bamboo poles used for staking plants
  • Bamboo fencing (also found at the garden center)
  • Woven mats (both table mats as well as floor mats)
  • Botanical place mats
  • Botanical yard banners
  • Botanical serving bowls
  • Mosquito netting
  • Yard (tiki-style) torches
  • Wood crates and boxes

Let the shopping begin!

Another 2015 Sneak Peek

You’ve already gotten a sneak peek at the interior and exterior of the Tangled Branch Tree House (Bible Study) and Survival Springs (snacks). “But what about the other rotations?” you say. “We must see more!” Have no fear, the others are right here! Enjoy this little preview of what’s to come next summer on your “Journey Off the Map!”

Shady Grove (crafts)

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Boulder Bridge (missions)

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Rushing Waters (music)

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Tangled Branch Treehouse — The Inside Story

brown2Hey guys. Bible Study for Journey Off the Map is gonna be great! We’ll be focused on Jesus and digging into the life of Daniel!
In my last post, I showed you a tiny portion of the set we used for Worship Rally, which was the outside of The Tangled Branch Treehouse. Here’s what the final product looked like:
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For Bible Study, the setting is INSIDE the tree house! Maybe you can get a few ideas from what we did.
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The walls are 8′ tall, the top of the tree is about 10′, the floor is made out of a scrap piece of linoleum. We cut the edges and painted the back side with latex house paint to look like wood flooring.
Sets are fun but hopefully you’ll spend the majority of your time digging into the lessons. ​​We’ll be praying for you as you share Jesus with kids; some of whom may have never heard His name.

VBS 2015 Decorating Sneak Peek

thomasWho’s ready for a little sneak peek at some decorating ideas for NEXT summer’s VBS? Now, I know many people are not yet finished with Agency D3. I’m not trying to steal the thunder of this summer’s adventure to discover, decide, and defend… but I do want to give you a little taste of things to come. Hopefully you’ll get some ideas over the next few weeks of things to start watching for that might help you with next year’s adventure on your own Journey Off the Map.

Here’s a look at “Survival Springs,” the location for snacks. Kids will love sitting on giant lily pads in this serene setting.

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Watch for vinyl, flannel-backed tablecloths to go on clearance at the end of the summer. The round ones make GREAT lily pads! Who wouldn’t want to float along on a giant lily pad while eating a delicious VBS snack?!?!

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Now Pinning

carol_editedI just love Pinterest it’s the best for saving those ideas I come across and know I will want to use one day. And what better way to start saving those ideas you find now for Journey Off the Map™? Come on, you know you won’t remember where you saw that great tutorial for building a treehouse or that awesome snack idea when 2015 rolls around.

So you’re in luck, we’ve got a board started for you already. We’ve been searching across the web for almost a year now, and we are ready to share all, well some of our best finds with you on our Journey Off the Map board.Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 2.38.52 PM

Worried about decorating? No need we’ve got some ideas already pinned.

Worried about finding cool crafts? Got you covered.

Afraid you won’t know what to feed the ravenous kids coming your way? Again we’re on it.

Check out the board and start dreaming for 2015!
Follow LifeWayKids’s board Journey Off the Map VBS 2015 on Pinterest.

VBS 2015 – Already?

VanCleave - new (1)What were you doing last week? Were you making plans for the holidays? We were working with writers and getting VBS 2015 rolling. Yes, I really mean 2015!! Long days, lots of coffee and chocolate, laughs, and some very serious hard work by God-gifted writers.

For the second year in a row we have returned to the “write onsite in a week” approach. It is an intense week, but having creative folks at your elbow to bounce ideas around is a huge blessing!

What now? Just like other super heroes, the writers have headed back to family, jobs, and teaching kids at their churches. They are back where people have no idea that the past week of their lives will impact hundreds of thousands with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

… but God knows.

And what will VBS 2015 be? Here are some sneak peeks. Wonder if there are any clues.

Is it a Lots o' Coffee theme?

Is it a Lots o’ Coffee theme?

Or is it a Color My World theme?

Or is it a Color My World theme?

Whatever the theme is, rest assured it was covered with prayer, planning, and pondering.

Whatever the theme is, rest assured it was covered with prayer, planning, and pondering.