Sneak Peek: Coming Attractions

You will not want to miss out on VBS Preview events this year! The team has been hard at work planning new “rides” and “attractions” for Colossal Coaster World that are sure to delight the young and the young at heart. And let me tell you, from what I’ve seen so far, these coming attractions will definitely be worth the price of admission! Today I’m going to give you an exclusive behind the scenes look at two of our newest attractions… the Design Lab and the Creative Zone.


The Design Lab will take you inside the heart of Colossal Coaster World for hands-on training and personal consultation with our VBS design team. Mini workshops are available to allow you to hone your skills and learn techniques to take back to your church. Don’t forget your camera as part of your Design Lab experience includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at ALL of the VBS sets created for Colossal Coaster World. Be sure to grab your tickets early, as they will go quickly!


Learn how to bring the magic of Colossal Coaster World to life in The Creative Zone! This interactive area showcases the best Colossal Coaster World has to offer such as games, crafts, and snacks. Here you’ll find exclusive bonus ideas that can only be found at LifeWay Preview events. The Creative Zone is also the home to the world’s largest (and only) VBS snack contest. Create the best delectable, edible treat and you could be a big WINNER! Be sure to drop by early and often to catch all the excitement! Who knows, you might even catch a balloon animal demonstration or two.


So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets today for this once in a lifetime experience. We’ll see you at Ridgecrest, Ft Worth, Nashville, or Kissimmee!

New for VBS 2013

Good morning from VBS Headquarters – aka Nashville, Tennessee!

Since I know some of you are already busy planning for VBS 2013, I thought I would share a few of the changes you will find when resources are available for order December 1.

Here goes…

The Administration Guide for Directors has been changed from “chapters” to “steps.” First page is an overview of the six steps directors need to follow in planning, conducting, and following up a VBS.

Snack Rotation Recipe Cards include a Bible story related option for each day. (These are my favorite snacks for 2013!)

Missions rotation includes two short (2 to 3 minutes each) video segments per day, and two missionary families that will be followed all week. Missionary families are the Flooks, who have six kids and minister in Bolivia, and the Pillays, who are originally from South Africa and now minister in Connecticut.

Mission project is Colossal Care Kits which can be distributed to local homeless individuals and shelters.

Decorating Made Easy has undergone a complete redesign with decorations on an easier and smaller scale.

Worship Rally DVD Set now includes two DVDS for the same price. One is a DVD that includes music motions and drama. The second is a DVD-ROM with printable resources.

Bible Study Leader Guides include “Start Here!” on page one of each guide with “what now” steps.

Bible studies include a “Christ Connection” for each day.

Watch for more info in the coming weeks. Also beginning next week I will start sharing information about the exciting changes we are making and the additions to VBS Previews. As of today we are just 80 days away from the first event at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Sure hope you are planning to join us.

From the Fab Five to Final Two!

Just when you thought the voting was over!!!

Last week’s vote resulted in two strong contenders for the title of motions leader for LifeWay’s VBS 2013 events. Our budget won’t allow us to take both ladies on tour, so we need you to help us choose between these two great VBS music leaders. The final result will be announced next Tuesday, August 21. I promise!  Click here to view the videos.

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Get Your Way Paid to ALL 4 VBS Previews

Love to travel with all expenses paid by someone else? Love to teach VBS music and motions? Ever think about being on LifeWay’s VBS Preview team? Think you just might enjoy spending a month with some of the most fun people on the face of the earth, AND traveling to cool places like North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida?

Well, have I got an opportunity for you!

We are looking for an awesome person with the following qualifications:

  • A dynamic relationship with Christ and a desire to worship Him!
  • A servant’s heart!
  • A passion for VBS!
  • An ability to sing!
  • An ability to get others to sing!
  • An ability to perform song motions!
  • An ability to teach others to perform song motions!
  • An ability to sing AND perform song motions at the same time!
  • An ability to get others to sing AND do song motions at the same time!
  • The ability to travel for four weeks/weekends in January/February 2013!

If these qualifications sound like you then you just might be the person we are looking for to teach the music and motions to our great VBS songs to the 5,000 or so people who will be attending VBS Preview.

Still interested?

Here is what you need to do:

  • Be available to travel on the following dates: January 9-12, January 16-19, January 30-February 1, February 7-9.**********
  • Learn the music and motions to Amazing Wonders Aviation.
  • Lead a group of kids and adults to do the same.
  • Have a friend video you doing the above.
  • Send the video to me (Jerry Wooley, MSN 182, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee, 37234) by Monday, July 2, 2012.

Then what happens?

  • I, and some of my most trusted friends, will watch each and every video submitted.
  • We will choose our favorites.
  • A few more trusted friends will be asked to watch the favorites.
  • They will choose the cream of the crop.
  • The cream of the crop will be posted on this blog.
  • Blog viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite.
  • Votes will be counted.
  • The winner will be announced in August.

Still interested? Start learning those motions!

**********Please do not submit a video if you will not be available to travel all four weeks.

VBS Geek of the Week

Wow! I know it’s Friday and we’ve decided to mix things up on you a bit here. Keith is really busy trying to get some fabulous products ready for VBS 2013 and move offices. In an effort to chill him out (I mean help him out) a little, I am doing a Friday edition of VBS Geek of the Week.

This week’s Geek of the Week was discovered at our Nashville Previews in January. Angelia Stewart works as a 3rd and 4th grade Team Member for the Tennessee River Baptist Association. So without further adieu, lets find out what makes Angelia a VBS Geek of the Week.

What roles have you filled involving VBS?

I have served as a Director of VBS from Ocean Osydessy until last year when my family moved to a new church. I am now serving as the Music Leader in our current church.

What do you think is the most encouraging aspect of VBS?

The most encouraging thing about doing VBS year after year is seeing the faces of boys & girls as they discover Who Christ is & that He  loves them more than anything . . . no matter what their circumstances. The joy on their faces when they accept Christ as their Savior and experience the freedom that only He can give makes all the effort worth it!

What is your favorite VBS theme to date?

It is hard to pick one theme, but Saddle Ridge Ranch & Amazon Outfitters were probably my favorites.

What is your Geekiest VBS Moment?

For Rickshaw Rally, my husband made a rickshaw that we used to promote VBS. During VBS & after VBS I put it out in front of my house as landscaping. He had worked too hard to just toss it. Our neighbors would all laugh as they came to visit & say, “You might be a VBS junkie if you keep your decor as landscaping. And YOU MIGHT BE A VBS GEEK IF … every item you see you think about how it can be used with the VBS theme.”

Sneak Peek Week – Previews 2013

Can you believe it! VBS 2013 Previews begin ten months from this weekend and it’s time to get in line for tickets!

We will be giving you the 411 concerning locations, schedules, ticket pricing, etc. on June 4, but for those of you who like to make plans early here is what you need to know.

Ridgecrest Preview – January 11-12 (Ridgecrest Conference Center)
Fort Worth Preview – January 18-19 (Travis Avenue Baptist Church)
Nashville Preview 1 – January 31-February 1 (LifeWay Christian Resources)
Nashville Preview 2 – February 1-2 (LifeWay Christian Resources)
Orlando Preview – February 15-16 (First Baptist Church Kissimmee)

We are still working on details, but we just might be making an announcement about a first-ever one-day Preview scheduled for January 26. This is truly sneak peek information since most of our event team is seeing this information for the first time themselves.

Registration opens June 4 so get the dates of your favorite location on the calendar, invite a friend or two, and be ready to join the fun!

Winners of the VBS Scarves

Thanks to everyone who left a comment to win a pair of those fabulous VBS scarves. I used to generate the three winning numbers.

Drumroll please. . .

The winners are  Konnie Smith, Carla Thompson, and Penny Mourer. Ladies if you would be so kind as to e-mail your mailing addresses to, I will get those scarves packed up and in the mail ASAP.


Pilot Monologue

So many people have asked for a copy of the pilot monologue that was presented during Worship Rally at the VBS Preview events that we decided to post it here on our blog. The monologue gives a brief overview of the Bible content for each day of Amazing Wonders Aviation. Feel free to use it during your associational or church VBS training or in promotion of VBS in your own church!

Interesting fact: The “flight log entries” were taken from actual entries in a real pilot’s flight log from the 1960s.

[[Costume: aviator goggles, cap, scarf, and bomber jacket. Pilot enters, carrying flight log.]]

Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a pilot. My granddaddy was a pilot, so I guess it’s just in my blood. I can remember listening to him tell stories of the incredible places he’d been and thinking, “one day I’m gonna see those things for myself.” I have all of his old flight logs and I love flipping through them and reading the little notes he wrote next to each trip. Sometimes the notes are just the name of a person he ferried from one place to another. Sometimes they detail damage to the plane or repairs that were needed. But sometimes the notes seem to capture the moment of what he was experiencing from the cockpit.

Take this one… September 9th, 1932… “Rainbow & rain over Grand Canyon. Awesome sight. Awesome Creator.” Then later “Extreme turbulence & blowing dust to see Cedar Breaks & Bryce Canyons. Safely through by His hand.” Those few simple words are a reminder to me of an amazing God who has awesome power over nature. [[Day 1]] When the Israelites were preparing to enter the promised land, one thing stood between where they were and where they wanted to be… a wildly rushing river at flood stage. But the God of all creation stopped the water from flowing and the people crossed safely on dry ground. Amazing!

Let’s look at another one. April 22, 1934… “Heavy fog & limited visibility. Sudden hail storm & extensive damage to No. 2 engine forces emergency landing. God protected.” You can check and recheck every piece of equipment and weather conditions and sometimes circumstances are just out of your control. [[Day 2]] But I know there is a God who has power over circumstances! Daniel found himself in a situation out of his control. He landed himself in a lion’s den by praying to God instead of the king. But God closed the mouths of the lions and protected Daniel. Amazing!

But you know, the most amazing thing to me is that God has power over sin and over death. [[Day 3]] Remember that rainbow my grandfather saw over the Grand Canyon? Well it is a reminder of a promise God once made. But you know, God made an even more important promise to mankind. He promised to send a Savior. It was His own Son, Jesus. Can’t you just imagine the looks on Simeon and Anna’s faces when they saw Baby Jesus in the temple that day? They recognized Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promise! Now that’s amazing!

But the story didn’t end there. [[Day 4]] Jesus grew from a baby, to a boy, to a man. He lived a life without sin and yet was willing to pay the penalty for your sin and mine by dying on a cross. Then God, who has power over death, raised Jesus from the dead! Jesus died and rose again to be the Savior of the world. Nothing is more amazing than that!

[[Thumbs through log]] I’m glad my grandfather was a pilot. He instilled in me a love of adventure and a love of flying. But I’m especially glad that he was a man of great faith. [[Day 5]] He truly believed that God had power over his life and his circumstances. He met a lot of interesting people as a pilot, and he never shied away from telling them about our amazing God. In Acts 5, the apostles were being persecuted for performing miraculous healings and other signs and wonders. The high priest and the Sadducees arrested them and threw them in jail. But during the night an angel broke them out of prison and told them to go into the temple courts and tell people about their new life in Christ. Even when they were told to be quiet, they continued to boldly tell others about Jesus. God gave them power to be witnesses in difficult circumstances.

No matter what turbulence you encounter in life, remember the words of Psalm 147:5: “The Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite.”

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!


Can I Buy That Scarf?

That was the question of the day at each of the Preview locations we visited. If you were able to join us at one of our events, you probably had your picture made in the Expo area. It was a ton of fun taking everyone’s pictures and posting them to Facebook.

Jeff and Friends Ready for Takeoff

Each person who had their picture made received a free pair of VBS 2012 Pilot Goggles and got to wear an amazing scarf with the VBS logo. Many people asked if the scarves were a product we sell. Unfortunately, the answer is, “No.” However, with an iron and a VBS 2012 Logo Iron-On, you can create your own fabulous scarves.

We purchased fleece scarves at a local store, and used the iron-ons to place the logo on one end of each scarf. Because our scarves were fleece, we set the iron temperature just a little lower than instructed to keep the fleece from scorching. Other than that, just follow the instructions on the package.

Now for the exciting part! Leave a comment on this post by next Thursday, March 1 and you may win your very own set of scarves. Three lucky folks will be selected randomly to receive a set of 2 scarves. Can it get any better than that?