What to Save for Crafts in 2015

It'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:       Burlap Dowel rods Old crayons (ones that the paper can be peeled from) Smooth river rocks Small candy tins with lids 5x7 frame mats Pencil cap erasers Ribbon, twine, or raffia Dried flowers or ... Continue Reading

Let the VBS 2015 Shopping Begin!

A 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 ... Continue Reading

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) Boulder Bridge (missions) Rushing Waters (music) ... Continue Reading

Tangled Branch Treehouse -- The Inside Story

Hey 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: For Bible Study, the setting is INSIDE the tree house! Maybe you can get a few ideas from what we did. The walls are 8' tall, the top of the tree is about 10', the floor is made out of a ... Continue Reading