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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by FriendofSpurgeon, Jul 10, 2007.
Does your church do Vacation Bible School during the summer?
We just finished our third night!
we do ours 5 consecutive sundays during the summer
We start a week from next Monday for five nights and then on Sat. any kid who came 3 or more nights gets to go to Magic Waters Waterpark.
We are having ours the last week of this month and I can't wait! We are doing Rescue Zone!
Ours was the last week of June...3 kids saved and 2 of our youth who were helping finally were baptized after we had the chance to talk them (both accepted Christ as children, but for whatever reason were never baptized). :godisgood:
We did "Avalanche Ranch" a few weeks ago -- had over 400 kids, with a finale on Friday night for family & friends. Both the children & adults really enjoyed it. Also great music.
FOS, why did you use Avalanche Ranch?
Honestly, I don't know why this was chosen by our Children's Director (but it was a good choice). Here are my guesses:
* Different theme from prior years
At the Missions and Ministry Summit I attend last week our National Missions Director made the point that we need to look at how we can make VBS different from what we usually do.
His first point was the name Vacation Bible School. If the point of VBS is to reach the lost youth why do we name it after two things most lost kids have no interest in
Bible and School. We were encouraged to look at how we can achieve the same goals using a different approach. One idea that was presented was to hold a Mega Sports Camp ( www.megasportscamp.com ).
Even though we are just finishing a successful VBS today Jeanne and I are already thinking about what we can do next year.
Has anyone gone away from the traditional VBS to some other type of outreach for youth?
Ya'll remember when VBS was two weeks in the summer??
I went to those bible schools for two weeks. I still haven't figured out why they did that!!!
They had the two week Bible School because our mommas didn't work and had plenty of time to help and to enjoy the company of the other women.
I wish we had two week VBS! Plus, most parents are looking for things their children to do during the summer. What a great mininstry oppotunity that would be!! (However, it would be very tough on the staff and volunteers.)
Jeanne and I both took a pie in face last night at VBS. We took a nightly offering to be given to the General Baptist Missionaries in Honduras for the Faith Home Orphanage.
If the boys gave more then Jeanne would take a pie in face and if the girls gave more then I would. Going into last night the boys were about $80 behind the girls, it didn't look good for me. Our total after Thursday was $124 so Jeanne thinking she is safe says if we hit a total of $200 then both of us will take a pie for Jesus. Of course we didn't hit the $200 so Jeanne "knows" she is safe.
A little later in the evening a lady from one of our sister churches stops by and hands me a check for $100 for our missionary offering. She really loves the work in Honduras and wanted to give. I LOVED the look on Jeanne's face when I walked into her classroom and showed her the check.
So to end VBS two kids got to shove a pie in our faces. It was even messier then it should have been because they made the pies too early and the whipped cream had melted so it was more like cream with a few chunks in it. As soon as I get the pictures I will post a link for you to see.
That's a great story Bill. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to remember that for next year.
We too always have a contest between the boys and girls for mission offerings. It's always a lot of fun, with the totals announced each day with the "finals" on Friday night.
Plus, I think it's always good to have the offerings go to something specific. Last year it was Camp Hope in Ecuador. This year it was the Santuary of Moses in East Africa, a mission founded by one of our church members.
Pie in the Face
Ok Guys I got a quick VBS page up tonight and it has the pie in my face pictures.
Click this link to see the pics.
I love bible school.
VBS is quickly becoming a tried and true method of the past. Traditional churches will continue to use it but for the most part it is on its way out. The future holds community in much higher esteem then dividing all the kids into neat little groups and having them glue their fingers together. In the future there is going to have to be an approach that addresses layers of people all at the same time. It won't be about learning a song, but rather sharing an experience. Don't see any VBS doing that.
Didn't do VBS this year and it has been the best thing for our church. We have had special nights for the entire community and have had people from all ages (2-87) in attendance. It is going to be a long time before we every go back.
I went to two-week Bible Schools in my youth in MO. They were good experiences. Seems like with one-week schools now, you barely get started and don't get to do too much in depth. VBS went through high school, sometimes, as well as adult classes.
But I must say if my grandmother and greatgrandmother heard you say that, you would need to run!!
Many, many such women that helped in VBS went home to can all afternoon in hot kitchens. They missed the cool part of the morning to do it because of VBS. And VBS was worked in around all sorts of chores such as hoeing and milking.
Oh no, indeed, they did not work and had lots of time to help in VBS! :laugh: