Foto Friday…AWA Planes!

If you are wondering about the profile picture, see the bottom of the post.

Okay, okay, I know that I’ve been MIA. Sorry about that! April is traditionally a very busy month for me as I try to get all the promotional items out the door. But this April has been even crazier as a lot of us are moving offices. . .and I was one of the first one!

My office is not as easy to pack up because. . .well. . .I have a lot of toys! As you can see in one of my earlier posts. But I got it all packed and ready. . .just as the movers came to my door! :O

I’ll post photos of my new office soon! ;)

Back to the blog! As I was thinking about what to blog today, I saw some GREAT AWA plane photos on our Facebook wall that I wanted to share.

I’d like to leave you with one final fun “Keith” note. You might have noted from my “About” page and my other posts, that I’m kind of a comic book/Star Wars geek. Well, today is a fun day for me! Want to know why? heh heh!

It’s May 4th. . .May the Fourth be with You! LOL! (get it?) :P

If you are wondering about my profile picture for today, I decided to play with some of my toys one day at the office. . .I’m 2 out of the 6 Avengers (Thor and Iron Man)! And yes, I’m going to go see the movie today!

Also, don’t forget to check Katie’s blog and let us know what you are working on!

Have a bless day!

Foto Friday…AWA Accessory Photos

Wow! Is it Friday again? This week has flown by! I don’t know if you know this but April kicks off a very busy season for us on the VBS production team! Personally, I have a lot of 2013 promotional products that need to go out the door this month! :O

So today’s blog post will be a short one. The other day, Gordon posted his AWA Accessory blog and he asked for some photos! Here they are!

Our VBS 2012 Key Chains made into earrings! Wow!

Wow! She knitted that hat! See the AWA wings on the front of it? Cool!

Keep the photos coming!

More VBS Decorating Ideas Coming Your Way

With VBS and camps just weeks away, we have some great tips and ideas to share on tomorrow’s Kids Ministry 101 Show.

Ann Oliver, preschool ministry leader from Paris, Tennessee, will share great preschool decorating ideas and fun extras for Amazing Wonders Aviation. Mark Jones, decorator extraordinaire from Oklahoma City, has AWA site ideas for even the most artistically challenged (which includes me).

CentriKid Camp specialists Jeremy Echols and Mary Carlisle will be on hand to help you get yourself and your kids ready for camp.

Also on the show will be Brian Haynes, author of Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today, and Scott Kindig who will present three basic strategies parents and the church need to raise radical kids.

Join us tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Central at lifeway.com/kidsministry101show.

We’ll be looking for you.

Foto Friday. . .Northern Lights

Hi all! It’s starting to get busy busy busy here, so I wanted to share a video you with today. When I was young, I lived in Brunswick, Maine, and it was BEAUTIFUL! One night, I remember my parents called me and my brother outside and we saw something INCREDIBLE! The Northern Lights!

So, naturally, I wanted to build the Northern Lights set! Here’s a video that we have in our video section of the LifeWay VBS website.

Enjoy!

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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!

Foto Friday. . .Clip Art Central!

I’ve been checking over the number of views on our VBS blog and it’s been fun seeing what you have been viewing and what seems to be the popular subjects. Theme reveal or anything involving 2013′s theme seems to be popular.

The clip art blogs seem to be very popular! So I thought I would create this blog to become a “one-stop” location for the clip art. Below you find links to all the clip art blogs I have created for VBS 2012, Amazing Wonders Aviation. I hope this helps!

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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…Preview/Expo fun photos

Well the Preview/EXPO season has ended for us on the VBS team and it’s time to get back  to working on VBS 2013. It has been SO fun meeting and talking with everyone! This last VBS Preview (at FBC Kissimmee) was especially fun for me because my daughter, Sadie, gave me one of her stuff animals (a stuff kangaroo named, Kanga) to take with me. So, I decided to take photos of Kanga on this trip and text them to her.

She THOROUGHLY enjoyed the photos! While I was down at Kissimmee, I was able to go to Downtown Disney, which was especially fun for her because my wife and I are taking her next month (Sadie’s 1st time)!

Kanga and Sadie

So, here’s Kanga’s adventures!

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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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