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  • 2019 VBS takes kids 'In the Wild'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Next summer, kids will seek animals in rainforests, grasslands, frozen tundra and even the Rocky Mountains with "In the Wild," the 2019 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    In the Wild will have kids embark as photographers seeking to snap pictures in settings decorated to mimic animals' natural habitats. Along the way, kids will also learn about real-life encounters people had with Jesus and discover how biblical snapshots of the Savior provide an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

    "This is going to be such a fun theme," said Melita Thomas, VBS specialist for LifeWay. "It's a photo scavenger hunt in the wild where it's possible to see absolutely anything." Read More

  • Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?

    by Melita Thomas, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches -- perhaps because it's been around in one form or another since 1898.

    Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid's ministry -- which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads -- VBS is a proven program with real staying power. Read More

  • 'Game On!': VBS previews slated by LifeWay in January

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As football begins to wrap up for the year, sports enthusiasts need not despair. The season for Smocket is right around the corner.

    Smocket (a made-up competition) is featured in "Game On!" -- the 2018 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    In January, several thousand children's ministry workers will get an introduction to Smocket and other Game On! content at one of LifeWay's six 2018 VBS previews. Read More

  • Backyards come alive akin to the church in Acts

    by Charissa Fee, posted Monday, July 13, 2015 (3 years ago)

    PICKERINGTON, Ohio (BP) -- I'm proud to say that I grew up in a church that did Vacation Bible School and did it BIG!

    We started rehearsing for the VBS drama right after Easter and decorating began before school even let out for summer break. Every wing of the church building was transformed in rain forests, mountain peaks, outer space or whatever other extreme theme for which we had been collecting decorations the previous 11 months. Read More