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VBS 2017 HIGHLIGHTS                                                                

Now is the time to start planning for your summer VBS, day camp and Sunday school ministry.  Here are just a couple of the great VBS programs that are available this year.  You can order these kits at

  1. Group’s Maker Fun Factory – Created by God Built for a Purpose: Maker Fun Factory is a Bible-based adventure kids will love!  The daily bible point is carefully integrated in to each station’s activity.  At every stop, kids learn, grow and have a great time.
Day 1 – God made you.  Bible story: God lovingly creates people (Psalm 139, Genesis 1:26-2:4).
Day 2 – God is for you.  Bible story:  Rahab believes in God’s mighty power (Joshua 1-2).
Day 3 – God is always with you.  Bible story: God is with Gideon (Judges 6:11-7:25).
Day 4 – God will always love you.  Bible story: Jesus dies and comes back to life (Luke 22:66-24:12).
Day 5 – God made you for a reason.  Bible story:  Abigail brings peace (1 Samuel 25).
  1. Group’s Passport to Peru – Discovering God’s Good Gifts: Passport to Peru is a Bible-based, faith igniting program kids will love!  At the Cross Cultural VBS, kids won’t just hear about God’s love; they will see it, touch it, sing it, taste it, and put it into action every day.
Day 1 – God gives us comfort.  Bible story: God is our good shepherd (Psalm 23). 
Day 2 – God gives us patience.  Bible story:  Simeon and Anna wait for the Messiah (Luke 2:21-40).
Day 3 – God gives us peace.  Bible story:  Jesus calms the wind and waves (Mark 4:35-41).
Day 4 – God gives us love.  Bible story:  Jesus dies and comes back to life (Luke 22:66-24:12).
Day 5 – God gives us joy.  Bible story: Paul and Silas praise god while in prison (Acts 16:16-40).
  1. Group’s Rome – Paul and Underground Church: This summer let the Apostle Paul teach your children as you surround them with the sights, sounds and smells of first-century Rome.  Your kids won’t just hear about Bible events – they’ll experience them.
Day 1 – God’s love is a gift (Romans 6:23)
Day 2 – God’s love changes us (Romans 12:2)
Day 3 – God’s love is always with us (Romans 8:38).
Day 4 – God’s love saves us (Romans 5:8)
Day 5 – God’s love is worth sharing (Romans 1:16).
  1. Group’s Camp Out – Getting S’more of Jesus: This is Group’s ultimate weekend getaway VBS.  At Camp Out kids will trek through an outdoor adventure without bug spray or lack of sleep.  Each day focuses on one main Bible point.  Each session is 2 ½ hours with a 20-minute Sunday celebration.
Day 1 – Jesus is the light.  Bible point: Jesus’ life showed God’s love (John 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19; John 13:1-17).
Day 2 - Jesus is the light.  Bible point:  Jesus dies and comes back to life (Luke 23:1-24:12).
  1. Lifeway’s Galactic Starveyors – Discovering the God of the Universe: Turn your kids into Starveyors as they focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator.  They will discover the wonder of wonders that the God who created everything there is – wants a personal relationship with them.  Bible theme: Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible (Colossians 1:15-16).  Days at a glance: The Relationship Began; The Relationship Broken; The Restoration Promise; The Relationship Restored; and The Relationship Continues.

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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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