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tips for youth workers DECEMBER 2014



Looking for a great way to connect with your community this March break or summer?  Looking for an opportunity to provide a ministry experience for your teens?  Looking for a way to increase your connections to those in the neighbourhood around your church?  Then it’s time to start planning for your VBS (Vacation Bible School).  VBS provides a great opportunity to reach out, develop new leadership potential and to give volunteers an opportunity to be involved in a short term project with long-term rewards.  Below are some of the best VBS packages available for you to choose from (in no particular order):
  •  SonSpark Labs: Discovering God's Plan 4 U = Jesus! - From Gospel Light, where kids meet Jesus Every Day! Establish your research questions (life's most important questions!), grab your lab coats and safety goggles, and test the evidence of God's divine plans for us. We predict kids will discover God's plan 2 Make Us (Genesis 1), 2 Be With Us (Genesis 2-3), 4 Us 2 Know Him (John 1, 5, 6 & 14), 2 Save Us (Luke 22-24), and 2 Love Us 4-Ever (Mark 16:15; Acts 1-2, & 4). Your findings are guaranteed to be reliable!  This program offers five age-level groups for preschool through middle school.  You can choose from:  Skippers (ages 2 & 3); Scooters (age 4 through kindergarten); Voyagers (grades 1 & 2); Pathfinders (grades 3 & 4); and Trailblazers (grades 5 through middle school).  Use one group, five groups or any number and combination in between!  This program is flexible to fit your church.  (Available in Deluxe Kit format or in a Reproducible Power Pack.)
  • Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God's awesome power.  Anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.  At Everest Vacation Bible School kids experience God's Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth—which makes it easy for kids to remember and apply to real life!  (From Group Publishing)
  • Hometown Nazareth VBS 2015 (from Group Publishing) - Hear stories about Jesus’ childhood from the best source of all…his mom, Mary!  Everyone knows what it’s like to hear your mom tell stories from your childhood. Can you imagine the kinds of stories Mary could tell? Take your kids back to Hometown Nazareth, where they’ll stand up for their faith among people who doubt that the carpenter’s son is really God’s son.
  • Get ready for a trip back through time to discover God's never ending love!  Bible Blast to the Past: Discover God's Everlasting Love takes children on an amazing journey where they learn the incredible (Exodus 3), faithful (Joshua 2), invincible (1 Samuel 17), unconditional (John 3:16; Luke 7) and real (Acts 12) love of God. Standard Publishing's 2015 VBS helps you lead kids to know what God's love is, explore God's everlasting love, and serve God by loving others.
  • Take the road less traveled, one full of adventure into uncharted territory! At Journey Off The Map: Unknown to Us Known to Him, the 2015 VBS from Lifeway, explorers (kids) encounter the unexpected while seeking the heart of God. They learn that obedience to God leads us beyond the expected!
  • Lifeway’s 2015 Journey off the Map - Backyard Kids Club Kit - Take Journey Off The Map VBS to truly uncharted territory - your own neighborhood to unchurched kids! The Backyard Kids Club is designed to work perfectly with all the Journey Off the Map gear and uses the same Bible content, music, and theme, meaning that all the accessories used for a large scale VBS in church coordinate with your Backyard Kids Club. You can also run the club in someone's backyard with as few as 3 or 4 adults or use it with missions teams, even small churches may want to try this simpler VBS version. Recommended for use with groups of 20 children.
  • Thailand Trek - The "New" Cross Culture VBS from Group.  Everything you love about VBS—plus a fresh way to ignite kids' faith by immersing them in another culture.  At Cross Culture Thailand Trek VBS, you’ll share the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of one unique culture with kids in your community, while helping them discover God’s eternal love for the world!  The result? Confident, faith-filled kids who understand the power of Jesus’ love in a diverse world


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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

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