Registration open to preview LifeWay's 2017 VBS
LifeWay will host preview events in three locations in January to provide leaders hands-on experience with the backyard astronomy theme.
"Galactic Starveyors" will prompt kids to look skyward and discover the Creator of the universe, said Rhonda VanCleave, LifeWay's VBS publishing team leader. "You see the stars and moon and you realize the God who created the universe is even bigger, yet He has a personal interest in you. He even knows how many hairs are on your head."
The theme emerged from stacks of survey cards filled out by youngsters attending LifeWay's CentriKid summer camps, she said. Kids' questions were deep, serious, and sometimes tough: How old is God? Where did He come from? What does God look like? If God loves us, why do bad things still happen?
"We felt God moving in our hearts to answer these questions kids are asking," VanCleave said. "VBS is always evangelistic, but next year the five days will really unpack the plan of salvation, piece by piece, in the format of answering questions kids have asked."
"We want kids to sense how awesome God is yet how much He cares about them," VanCleave said. "He knew them before time began, He has a plan for their lives, and He wants a relationship with them."
Theme verses for the week will be Colossians 1:15-16: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him and for Him."
VBS 2017 Jump Start Kits will be available for purchase in early October to help with planning and promotion. Other resources are scheduled to be available in December.
Preview events will be Jan. 6-7 in Ridgecrest, N.C.; Jan. 13-14 in Fort Worth, Texas; and Jan. 26-28 (three events) in Hendersonville, Tenn., near Nashville.
To register, visit LifeWay.com/VBS.