Foto Friday…Idea Bank

Howdy! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, sorry about that! I took the family to Walt Disney World for our daughter’s 5th birthday! It was a LOT of fun! Seeing the excitement in her eyes was incredible!

Now back to the blog subject. I wanted to remind you about our Idea Bank on the VBS website.

This is a section of our website where you get to share your ideas! And let me tell you. . .I’ve seen some GREAT ideas!

Here are a few ideas that caught my eye!

Peggy H had an idea for a relaxation room!

Several years ago God blessed our church with a family that has brought some really great ideas.  One of them was a relaxation room for VBS workers.  We have a couple of lady’s or a couple that are in charge of this.  The general idea is it a room that all of the workers are able to visit at a scheduled time or on a rotation depending on their job.  There are snacks and beverages for everyone.  It is a time to share some amazing stories that have happened in your group, munch out, say hi to friends, make new friends, or just relax and take a break.

Backyard Kids created a cool recruitment tower!

Found a old display booth from a car engine display, after looking at i thought it would be a great air control tower for VBS. once I got into the church I realized I couldnt store it until VBS but didn’t want to get rid of it. SO i decided to use it an advertisement for VBS recruitment.

Keep those ideas coming! And don’t forget to check out the Youth VBS blog and leave a comment (one commenter will receive a special prize)!

Also, don’t forget the Clip Art Central blog post!

Difficulty With VBS Decorations? Problem Solved!

Decorating for Vacation Bible School can be the most challenging part of teaching VBS. Many years I watched my mom direct a class for VBS at our church. She would agonize over the decorations. She told me on many occasions, that teaching the Bible and explaining God’s plan of salvation to children was her favorite part and consequently the easiest part for her. She was always searching for helpers that liked the decorating because that was the most challenging.

The last VBS she taught (Game Day Central) I was not asked but rather instructed to bring whatever decorations I had and meet at her classroom where she and her teachers would help me set up her room. She said it sweetly but also directly. Of course, I was there at the appointed time and the decorations were hung and smiles light up their faces. That year I remember three children were saved in her class. Later she graduated to serving snacks and now has graduated to Heaven where I am sure she heard Jesus say, “Good and Faithful Servant.”

Maybe you have a mentor like I did. Mom tackled difficult jobs, recruited help and shared the gospel. Yes, she was frustrated at times but never a quitter. She never whined or complained but rather found the help needed and cheered others on to accomplish great things. Today, I want to cheer you on to accomplish great things too. Decorations might be a mountain that doesn’t seem possible to overcome but there are adults and teens in your church that would never consider this a challenge. Maybe they can’t be present at VBS due to work schedules but they can help you create props and decorations if you asked. Don’t be shy. The Lord fits the Body together perfectly and gives us gifts that will assist in the mission. Look around and see who can help make your classroom a success with decorations so you can welcome kids to hear the gospel.

I have created a simple instruction guide for creating the VBS decorations. Please visit my website www.mrmarksclassroom.com for printed instructions, photos and short instructional video clips. Maybe this will give your leaders ideas that are easy and affordable. Remember the task is not only making these decorations but also storing them. Seems like we can often use props and backdrops from previous years if we can store them. Think ahead where the items will be stored so you make it fit the space. Painting on bed sheets and using items like collapsible hampers, foam core board, and PVC pipe will allow you more options for storage. You can forward these ideas to your friends and enlisted helpers making decorations. You can also subscribe to this free site to get regular helps for teaching boys and girls.

Thanks to Mark Jones, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, for today’s post and for being a VBS Decorator Extraordinaire!

Sneak Peek Week: Decorating

It’s Sneak Peek Week here on the LifeWay VBS Blog! Every day this week we’ll be dropping a few hints about the 2013 theme (to be released June 4th) and giving you a heads-up about things you might want to hang on to after this summer’s VBS.

Up first, it’s a sneak peek at Amazing Wonders Aviation decorations you’ll want to save and recycle into decorations for VBS 2013. Are you ready? Here it goes…

  • Pillow stuffing (used as spray in Victoria Falls)
  • Leftover tokens
  • PVC pipe
  • Christmas tree lights (white or colored)

Hmmm… any ideas? I didn’t give a whole lot of information. Stay tuned for more!

One final thing… I need to give a shout out to my friend, Becky. Last week she sent me a picture of a perfect example of recycling old VBS decorations. Allow me to introduce you to Ace Dingo. He’s a cute little koala (remind anyone of Boomerang Express?) in a vintage flight suit flying an airplane made out of surfboards from Outrigger Island. Nice work, Becky!

Foto Friday … Digital Clip Art Download!!!

Hi everyone from sunny Orlando (actually Kissimmee)! I am really excited to finally let you know about our new digital download. . .VBS 2012: Digital Clip Art. I’ve talked to you about  the other digital downloads we have.

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Technique Time #1

Are you ready to start thinking about decorating for VBS 2012 yet? The Decorating Made Easy book with CD-ROM has lots of great ideas to kick-start your creativity. But sometimes it helps to have someone show you how easy decorating can be before you think, “Yeah, I really can do that!”

Well that’s just what we’re going to do today! Here’s a video demonstration on how to create rocks out of Styrofoam chunks (that first appeared on our Kids Ministry 101 webcast). You’ll see how to use a heat gun and even get tips on where to find Styrofoam for FREE!

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These easy rocks can be used year after year. Paint them blue-green and use them this summer in the Great Barrier Reef or paint them orange/purple for use with the Grand Canyon. Brown rocks will be perfect for Victoria Falls! How else could you use rocks in your VBS?

Go ahead… try out this technique for yourself! Then share your new-found skills with other VBS fans by posting pictures of your creations on the LifeWay VBS community. We want to see!

Foto Friday. . .Surprise Clip Art

Yesterday was Groundhog Day and that little guy saw his shadow, so that means six more weeks of winter. It’s been nice here in Nashville with the highs in the 60s. . .I can handle six more weeks of this! :D

Today is Friday, it’s supposed to be sunny and in the 60s, so that can mean only one thing. . .Foto Friday! ! !

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EXPO Foam Plane

It has definitely been busy here lately. The VBS team has just finished our 4th event (Nashville Previews)! We have met a lot of fun people and taken a lot of photos!

Our airplane photos have been a LOT of fun! You can see them at our VBS Facebook page. Below are the specific links to each event:

1. Ridgecrest Preview

2. Ft. Worth Preview

3. Nashville’s 2 Previews

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Join Us Tomorrow for "The Show"


Tomorrow – November 9 – begins a new chapter in LifeWay’s Kids Ministry 101 with the introduction of our first web show. Each monthly installment, hosted by Bill Emeott, Klista Storts, Andy Dukes, and me!, is designed to educate, encourage, and engage by providing bite-sized training segments, nationally recognized guests such as Jon Acuff and Jim Wideman, and great tips on everything from preparing parents for camp to creating VBS decorations.

Join us tomorrow, 10:00 a.m., at lifeway.com/kidsministry101show. We’ll be watching for you!

On another note, we’re looking for a few awesome, amazing, and wonderful volunteers to help with our January VBS 2012 Previews at Ridgecrest, Fort Worth, and Nashville. You’ll have the opportunity to work in our amazing VBS EXPO, serve as a greeter, help out at the registration desk, and just be part of the team! I promise you’ll have fun.

In exchange for volunteering you will receive free registration for the event, meals, and an arm load of VBS shirts. Sorry, but we are unable to provide transportation or housing. For more information contact me at jerry.wooley@lifeway.com. If interested reply by noon, Thursday, November 10.

VBS Sightings at KMC Week!

It’s been a great week so far as our buildings have been filled with lots of Kids’ Ministry friends. You never know who you might meet on the elevator! As folks started to arrive on Monday, I wandered around to see some of the fun things that were happening. 

People were scurrying to early bird conferences and trying to decipher our challenging floor plan here at LifeWay. But, it’s always a pleasure to help point someone in the right direction. Lots of folks found Jeff Slaughter’s VBS music conference. I think I heard rumors about a Flash Mob being organized.

Jerry Wooley introduces Jeff Slaughter at KMC.

The LifeWay bookstore display was almost set up when I went by, and look what I found! VBS 2012 things already for sale!

VBS 2012 is here!

I love our Giant Inflatable Globe. I have tons of ideas for ways to use it. Come to think of it, I may need several!

Gotta have one of these! Or more!

The exhibits were in progress. Here are a few of our hard working friends getting the LifeWay Kids display picture perfect.

Getting it just right!

If you missed this year, you really missed a blessing, and we missed seeing you. :(

Hope to see you next year!

Foto Friday. . .Backdrops

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a great Friday! Today on Foto Friday, I wanted to show you our two Super-size backdrops that we have for Amazing Wonders Aviation (VBS 2012). I’m really excited them. . .especially our Super Duper backdrop! LOL!

What’s a Super Duper backdrop? Well, I’m glad you asked! Earlier this summer, as I was designing the backdrops, I knew that I wanted one of the backdrops to be the inside of a hanger with the beautiful aircrafts inside and outside the hanger. Can you tell I love aircraft! :D

But what about the 2nd backdrop. . .what do I do? We really wanted to highlight the “Wonders” but we only have 3 panels. One of our fellow graphic designers, Pam, worked up a 6 panel spread for the Wonders in one of her marketing pieces. It was perfect! But I only had 3 panels!

Have you all seen the Old El Paso taco commercial for the Stand & Stuff tacos? The people are struggling with their tacos not standing up and falling over. . .what to do, what to do?. . .and a little kid says, “What if it had a flat bottom?”.

The backdrop is 3 panels and the perfect art for the 6 wonders is 6 panel. . .what to do, what to do?

Let’s make a Super DUPER backdrop with 6 panels instead of 3! Perfect!

What’s nice about this is that each panel can be used separate or it can make a great big. . .Oops, I mean. . .Super Duper (18 feet wide by 6 feet tall) backdrop! woohoo!

 

Oh, and I do need to show you the hanger background (9 feet wide by 6 feet tall). . .Shelia happens to be hula-hooping in the hanger! LOL!